False rumors about Bill Gates

A patent on the coronavirus, microchips to control humanity: all sorts of claims are circulating about Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The fact check explains why they are not true

Bill Gates campaigns for the development of a vaccine against the coronavirus and thus becomes the target of some vaccine opponents and conspiracy theorists. "There are people who want to look at it through a political, not a scientific lens," said the Microsoft founder in a recent CNN interview. "That can lead you to strange beliefs." The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been fighting for better health care worldwide for years. There are many claims circulating about the multibillionaire Gates. A selection:

Control with microchips

Claim: Gates wants to have microchips implanted in humans in the fight against the pathogen - and thus gain total control.

Evaluation: wrong connections.

Facts: Gates wrote in March that at some point "digital certificates" could provide information about who has already survived an infection with the coronavirus or - as soon as possible - has been vaccinated against it. This statement was mixed up with completely different projects supported by the Gates Foundation - such as research on digital identification, on a technology that shows vaccinations in infrared light on the skin, and on contraceptive methods using microchips. However, these have nothing to do with the corona virus.

Financing the coronavirus

Claim: The Gates Foundation financed the development of the new coronavirus - including a patent.

Evaluation: Has no basis.

Facts: The supposed proof: the patent of an institute supported by the foundation from 2015 with the title "Coronavirus". This is not about Sars-CoV-2, but about the development of a vaccine against a poultry virus from the group of coronaviruses.

In immunology, it is common for researchers to modify the genome of pathogens to make them less dangerous. These are then suitable for the production of vaccines. In addition, scientists consider a development of the new corona virus in the laboratory to be implausible.

Are Gates' Children Vaccinated?

Claim: Gates did not vaccinate his own children.

Rating: Abstruse Quelle.

Facts: Gates' alleged former doctor is said to have told this at a symposium in Seattle in the 1990s. Neither the name of the symposium nor that of the doctor are given. Who first brought this unproven thesis into the world is no longer comprehensible.

Profitable vaccination businesses

Claim: Bill Gates wants to earn money from the vaccinations.

Evaluation: Quote taken out of context.

Facts: As evidence for the thesis that Gates wanted to earn money from illnesses and vaccinations, his critics often quote one of his sentences from March 24, 2020: "We do not want there to be many convalescents," he said at the time. He immediately added the following sentence: "To be clear: We are trying to keep the number of infected people below one percent of the population through the shutdown in the USA." Gates emphasizes that, in his opinion, it makes more sense that people do not become infected in the first place.

The number of the world population is expected to shrink

Claim: Gates wants vaccinations to decimate the number of people on earth.

Rating: Wrong. Gates merely points to a statistical relationship between the death rate and population growth.

Facts: A Gates appearance in 2010 is supposed to prove that he wanted to reduce the world population with vaccinations. "There are 6.8 billion people in the world today - the trend is towards nine billion," he said at the time. "Now if we do a really good job on new vaccines, healthcare and reproductive medicine, we could cut that by maybe 10 or 15 percent."

He explained the background of the statement several times: In his opinion there is a connection between vaccinations, mortality rates and population growth. Today, many parents around the world have a large number of children in order to be supported in old age - in the knowledge that some of them die early. But if more children survived into adulthood, parents could secure their retirement provision without having a lot of offspring.

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