The Top Conspiracy Theories Of 2020
As 2020 draws to an end, BOOM looks back at the biggest conspiracy theories which dominated the year
By – Dilip Unnikrishnan | 27 Dec 2020 1:32 PM
3. The Great Reset and COVID-19 Pandemic The Great Reset is a proposal made by the World Economic Forum to rebuild economies after the COVID-19 pandemic. The conspiracy theory version of The Great Reset states that politicians and global leaders engineered the pandemic to take control of the global economy.
The Great Reset has been twisted by right-wing supporters into a theory where a global cabal of politicians and leaders lead by George Soros and Bill Gates will use the pandemic to implement a socialist new world order which is in favour of universal healthcare and climate change which will ultimately strip people of their rights.
As the BBC pointed out, the World Economic Forum has no power over other countries’ economies. There is ample proof that the novel coronavirus was not man-made. Moreover, the idea that politicians around the globe have come together to create a new world order is simply unrealistic.
4. Bill Gates and COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a deluge of misinformation with conspiracy theories floating about the origin of the virus, downplaying its severity and false claims about vaccines. Since the start of the pandemic, Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has become a target of conspiracy theorists.
Gates, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been a supporter of vaccination and has led efforts to ensure potential COVID-19 vaccines are made available to the economically vulnerable. He has also taken a lead in research into pandemic preparedness even predicting in 2015 that the world is unprepared to tackle a global pandemic.
Gates has been accused of a variety of baseless claims by conspiracy theorists.
1 Gates created the novel coronavirus.
2 Gates is microchipping vaccines to create a digital id of people. Other theories claim the RT-PCR test is a way to insert a microchip.
3 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tested vaccines on children in Africa and India which resulted in many deaths. Another theory claims he plans to sterilise women through vaccines.
Gates will make $200 billion from vaccine development.
All of these claims are simply false. Gates himself addressed some of the conspiracies in an interview with CBS News. Fact-checks of conspiracy theories linking Gates to the COVID-19 pandemic can be read here.