Crazy Conspiracy Theory Claims Bill Gates Behind Monkeypox

Bill Gates, the man who, according to conspiracy theorists, has attempted to have us injected with microchips via the COVID vaccines, is back at it again—this time with monkeypox, according to the latest ludicrous claims.

A number of conspiracy theories have been circulating on Twitter asserting that Gates is somehow linked to reports of monkeypox cases that have largely emerged in the U.K. this week.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that mostly occurs in Africa and has been seen in humans since 1970. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes its symptoms as smallpox-like, including fever, aches, exhaustion and a body rash. In Africa, monkeypox has been shown to cause death in as many as 1 in 10 people who catch it.

The emergence of the cases—including nine in the U.K. so far this month and one in the U.S. this week—has coincided with an upcoming World Health Organization assembly due to take place in Switzerland from May 22.

It has been reported that the WHO may discuss a possible pandemic treaty at the assembly, which in essence would create a better system for international cooperation to counter health threats.

Preparing for Pandemics

The monkeypox cases come less than a year after Bill Gates, U.S. multi-billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation private charity organization, warned that governments must prepare for future pandemics and hypothetical smallpox bioterrorism acts by investing billions into research—something he also warned about in 2017.

He made last year's comments as part of a discussion organized by the U.K. think tank Policy Exchange. In it, he also called for the formation of a new WHO pandemic task force.

For some Twitter users, these events are no mere coincidence and can't be explained by world leaders concerned about public health during a global pandemic. Rather, they are proof that Gates, not satisfied with allegedly pumping us full of microchips via the COVID vaccines—he didn't—is up to something once again. Though it's unclear what exactly he is being accused of.

"So U.S. purchased monkeypox vax a week ago, world is about to sign a treaty with the WHO giving them full control during a health emergency, Bill Gates warned us about "the next one", Monkeypox now making headlines," wrote @Humanlty1o1, gaining nearly 3,000 likes and over 1,000 retweets as of Thursday. "A conspiracy theorist may posit that these things are related?"

"Davos, the WHO Treaty and Bill Gates's book 'How to Prevent the Next Pandemic' segue conveniently into emerging reports of monkeypox," wrote British dance-pop trio Right Said Fred, gaining more than 800 likes as of Thursday morning.

@Red_Pill_Led wrote: "194 countries are about to abdicate sovereignty to the WHO and Bill Gates … NGOs, global corps and elites will decide how we live, not one elected official!"

Concern about the WHO treaty has also been voiced by some Australian politicians. According to The Guardian newspaper, one wrote in a Facebook post that a treaty would allow the WHO to impose "lockdowns and enforce treatments against the will of the Australian people."

Stephen Duckett, a former Australian health department official, called such criticisms "totally misleading."

It's worth noting that many of the above events have happened before. Bill Gates has been a global health voice for years. Back in 2017 and before COVID, he warned of a respiratory-spread pathogen that could kill tens of millions in less than a year.

Then there's monkeypox itself, which, as mentioned, has circulated in humans for decades. Small outbreaks are not unheard of. In 2018, multiple cases were again detected in the U.K. in the space of a month.

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Bill Gates seen speaking about his new book 'How To Prevent The Next Pandemic' at an event in New York City on May 3, 2022. Gates has been the focus of various conspiracy theories throughout the COVID pandemic. Michael Loccisano/Getty