Bill Gates dismisses 'crazy conspiracy theories' about him and Fauci

 Bill Gates dismisses 'crazy conspiracy theories' about him and Fauci
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Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Wednesday dismissed the "crazy conspiracy theories" that have been circulating on social media about him and top U.S. infectious diseases expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciDemocrats question GOP shift on vaccines GOP Rep. Cawthorn says he wants to 'prosecute' Fauci The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel MORE in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Nobody would have predicted that I and Dr. FauciAnthony FauciDemocrats question GOP shift on vaccines GOP Rep. Cawthorn says he wants to 'prosecute' Fauci The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel MORE would be so prominent in these really evil theories,” Gates told Reuters in a recent interview. “I’m very surprised by that. I hope it goes away.”

Conspiracy theories claiming that both Gates and Fauci created the pandemic in an effort to profit from its spread and to control people have made their rounds on the internet. Some conspiracy theories also allege that the pair are seeking to insert trackable microchips into people when they get the coronavirus vaccine, according to Reuters.

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“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?" Gates told the news outlet.

Gates, through his philanthropic organization the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been able to donate nearly $1.75 billion to help combat the coronavirus pandemic through backing some vaccine makers and possible treatments globally, Reuters reported.

Despite the theories, Gates said that he is proud of the work that Fauci and head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, have done so far, calling them “smart” and “wonderful people."

He also expressed his faith in the Biden administration to be able to further stop the spread of COVID-19.

“I’m excited about the team that Biden has picked", Gates said. "He’s appointed smart people."

President Biden unveiled his coronavirus plan last week, which focuses on accelerating vaccinations while slowing the spread of the virus with increased mask wearing, more testing and other public health measures.