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Bill Gates has responded to the longstanding rumour that he's secretly implanting microchips into the Earth's human population and is using them to control us all.
Though it would be great to have someone to blame for some of the not-so-smart decisions we make in our lives, most of us accept the fact that only we can control our own actions.
Most of us - but not all. As one Reddit user pointed out in an 'Ask Me Anything' thread with Gates himself, some people believe the Microsoft co-founder is 'trying to take control of the human population by injecting chips in them through vaccines'.
I wish I didn't have to stress that Gates did not, in fact, spark a global outbreak that forced us all inside for months on end, but here we are.
Gates himself shut down the speculation about his involvement in the pandemic and vaccines when he responded to the Reddit user, explaining: "In 2015 I spoke out about my fears a pandemic would come up and cause tens of millions of deaths. My foundation funds vaccine research to save lives. I spend billions on vaccines and I am proud they have helped cut under 5 deaths in half over the last 20 years (from 10 percent to 5 percent). The idea of chips in the vaccines doesn't make sense."
The business magnate went on to question what the point of microchip implants would be, writing: "Why would I want to know where people are? What would I do with the information?"
It's a fair query, because as much as Steve from Wyoming or Cath from Mississippi might fear that Gates is watching their every move, the billionaire definitely has bigger things to be worrying about.
Responding to Gates' answer, one Reddit user pointed out there would be a much simpler way to track billions of people if he really wanted to, writing: "And why use vaccines when we all are carrying phones…."
The theory that Gates wants to control humanity is definitely a confusing one, but in response to another user who asked how to combat misinformation, the software developer admitted he didn't have an answer.
"I keep looking for good idea of how to stop the bad information," he wrote. "Some stuff is obviously wrong and right now even that doesn't get stopped. The interest level in the crazy explanations make that spread really fast and the truth doesn't spread because it is boring. I feel bad if these rumors prevent people from getting vaccinated and boosted since that has saved millions of lives."
The NHS and Centers for Disease Control have repeatedly assured vaccines are safe, encouraging everyone to get their doses to help protect them from coronavirus.
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