His name is Roger Stone, a former Donald Trump collaborator. The allegations about Bill Gates, Microchips and Virus seem to have started from him. The offending sentence would be: “microchipping people so we can tell ‘whether you’ve been tested’.” A sentence said lightly and taken up by some conspiracy theorists was enough to ensure that only in the United States 28% of Americans believe that Bill Gates wants to use vaccines to implant microchips in people – with the figure rising to 44% among Republicans. Again, it is noted that Republicans ride populism with disconcerting naturalness. Rumors took hold in March when Mr Gates said in an interview that eventually “we will have some digital certificates” which would be used to show who’d recovered, been tested and ultimately who received a vaccine. He made no mention of microchips. That response led to one widely shared article, under the headline: “Bill Gates will use microchip implants to fight coronavirus”.
The article makes reference to a study, funded by The Gates Foundation, into a technology that could store someone’s vaccine records in a special ink administered at the same time as an injection.
However, the technology is not a microchip and is more like an invisible tattoo. It has not been rolled out yet, it would not allow people to be tracked and personal information would not be entered into a database, says Ana Jaklenec, a scientist involved in the study.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says: “The reference to ‘digital certificates’ relates to efforts to create an open-source digital platform with the goal of expanding access to safe, home-based testing.
“Conspiracy theories about Bill Gates have reached the Italian Parliament, where an independent MP called for Bill Gates to be referred to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
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