Coronavirus, Makandiwa, Bill Gates, vaccines and microchips


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 Bill Gates and microchips

In a Facebook Live sermon on Sunday, on April 5, Pastor Emmanuel Makandiwa of the United Family International Church claimed there were plans to insert a microchip into people.

Makandiwa said: “What makes this very strange, is the idea that now they want to put a chip alongside the vaccine. Having a chip in your hand that has access to every information. They will know who has refused the vaccine. Now you have a gadget in your body. What is that? Simply because of flu?”

How did this claim start?

On March 18, Bill Gates held a question and answer session on coronavirus with users of the online community Reddit.

Gates called for a “national tracking system similar to South Korea”, saying “in Seattle, the [University of Washington] is providing thousands of tests per day but no one is connected to a national tracking system”.

Biohackinfo, a conspiracy theory website, then reported on March 19 that “Bill Gates will use microchip implants to fight coronavirus”.

The article claimed: “Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch human-implantable capsules that have ‘digital certificates’ which can show who has been tested for the coronavirus and who has been vaccinated against it.”

On March 27, the website TruNews published a story headlined: “Mark of the beast: Gates wants coronavirus patients implanted with quantum-dot tattoos”. The report made similar claims that Bill Gates planned to implant microchips in people.

The website is a known conspiracy theory site. It is run by Rick Wiles, a pastor and far-right conspiracy theorist.

An example of Wiles’ theories; in a March 31 video, Wiles blames Jews for the coronavirus. He says: “God is spreading it in your synagogues! You’re under judgment because you oppose his son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Repent and believe in the name of Jesus Christ, and the plague will stop.”

In the video, Wiles also claims that Gates is “building Lucifer’s anti-Christ system” and that he “wants to put a microchip in the vaccine, a nano-sized microchip. This guy is an enemy of the mighty God. Every Christian needs to be alert right now.”

Asked about the microchip claim, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation told Reuters: “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.” No implants are involved.

The microchip conspiracies claim that governments will use the “quantum dot dye” technology to plant the chips.

However, the people who actually developed the technology, used to electronically store vaccination records, point out that there is no microchip involved. Kevin McHugh, one of the lead researchers on the project’s development, said the tech does not involve implants. “The quantum dot dye technology is not a microchip or human-implantable capsule and to my knowledge there are no plans to use this for coronavirus.”

Claims by Makandiwa that there are plans to insert microchips into people as part of coronavirus tests are therefore FALSE. The claim is based on fake news peddled by conspiracy websites.

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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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