If you dare to wind your way off the beaten path online these days, you’re more likely than ever to become entranced by the machinations of some vast conspiracy theory that you never knew existed in the popular culture.
In fact, there have been quite a few major theories posited to the public in recent months, including the Qanon phenomenon, some business about the satanic-pedophiliac elite, and the idea that Bill Gates wants to secretly microchip us with the COVID-19 vaccine.
Naturally, any time Bill Gates’ name comes up in conjunction with the vaccine, there are pings on the radar of these conspiracy theorists. This week was no exception.
Philanthropist Bill Gates warned Sunday that the failure of President Trump to formally recognize his defeat to President-elect Joe Biden and begin a White House transition process is “complicating” efforts to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine to the general public.take our poll - story continues below
Gates told CNN’s “State of the Union” that a lack of communication between the Trump and Biden teams risked a slower distribution process for the vaccine, which is set to become available for some vaccinations this week.
“Yeah, the transition is complicating [things,] but the new administration is willing to rely on actual experts and not attack those experts,” Gates told host Jake Tapper.
“They’re laying out clear plans, so I think we’ll get through this in a positive way,” the Microsoft co-founder added. “I’m pleased with the people and priority that President-elect Biden and his team are bringing to bear on this problem.”
Despite the alleged complications, doses of the vaccine were being loaded onto trucks and aircraft on Sunday, with the first doses rolling out to a prioritized list of Americans on Monday.
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