BILLIONAIRE Bill Gates blasted the Covid-19 and vaccine conspiracy theories about him, branding them "crazy" and "evil".
The Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist has committed at least $1.75billion to the global response to the coronavirus pandemic.
What are the Covid-19 and vaccine conspiracy theories about Bill Gates?
Since the pandemic began a year ago, millions of conspiracies have spread over social media, fueling misinformation about the coronavirus, it's origins and the motives of those working to fight it.
Conspiracy theorist claim that Dr Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates created the pandemic to try and control people and they want to profit from the virus' spread.
The claims also include that Fauci and Gates want to use vaccines to insert trackable microchips into people.
Meanwhile, another wild conspiracies that made rounds claims Gates was seeking to kill 15 percent of the population with the vaccine.
What did Bill Gates say about the conspiracy theories?
"Nobody would have predicted that I and Dr. Fauci would be so prominent in these really evil theories," Gates told Reuters.
"I’m very surprised by that. I hope it goes away."
Gates even asked if people "really believe that stuff".
“We’re really going to have to get educated about this over the next year and understand .. how does it change peoples’ behavior and how should we have minimized this?”
What did Bill Gates say in a 2015 Ted Talk?
During a 2015 TED Talk, Gates issued a dire warning that, "if anything kills over 10 million people over the next decade, it is likely to be a highly infectious virus, rather than a war."
Conspiracy theorists claim the premonition is proof that Gates had prior knowledge about the coronavirus.
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