Grasping at straws: Lisa Marie Holt in saying that the Covid-19 pandemic was always planned…


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It’s a feeble attempt to link Bill Gates, depopulation and the Pfizer vaccine.

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WHAT DAY WAS THE VACCINE announced 11/9 by Bill Gates

CAN PEOPLE please see this pandemic wasn’t natural it was ALWAYS PLANNED!!!!!

This isn’t a coincidence and we keep trying to tell you.

NOW It’s time to open your eyes to the reality of what is happening as the vaccines are ready in the next few weeks also watch the video in comments and get educated on why this vaccine isn’t what it seems 😭😭😭 See Less



Fact check: A newspaper front page featuring a Bill Gates quote and a teaser for a piece about 9/11 is not proof the COVID-19 pandemic was planned

By Reuters Staff

A Facebook post making illogical links between an old newspaper front page and the Nov. 9 announcement about a COVID-19 vaccine has been used to falsely claim the pandemic is fake.

The post (here) , from Nov. 10, includes a photo of a person holding up the front page of the June 2011 edition of The Sovereign Independent, a newspaper consisting of opinion pieces about well-known conspiracy theories. It has since folded (here) .

On the front of the June 2011 edition, there is a teaser for a four-page spread about 9/11, which promises it will be “exposing the explosive [World Trade Center] evidence.” Below this, is an anti-vaccination headline: “Depopulation through forced vaccination: The zero carbon solution!” A picture of Bill Gates sits alongside, with his quote: “The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent.” The paper then refers to the billionaire businessman as “Billy ‘the kid killer’ Gates” (here) .

Accompanying the photo of the newspaper is a post from the Facebook user, in which she suggests there is a link between the 9/11 teaser and the Nov. 9, 2020 announcement from pharmaceutical company Pfizer that its vaccine for COVID-19 is more than 90% effective (here) .

She writes: “PRINTED IN 2011. LOOK AT WHAT IT SAYS 9/11. WHAT DAY WAS THE VACCINE announced 11/9 by Bill Gates. CAN PEOPLE please see this pandemic wasn’t natural it was ALWAYS PLANNED!!!!! This isn’t a coincidence and we keep trying to tell you.”

There is, however, no evidence of a link between the newspaper’s publication date, the 9/11 teaser and the date of the Pfizer announcement – and this does not prove that the pandemic was planned.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name of the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 (here). It was identified by Chinese authorities on Jan. 7, 2020, and is believed to have an animal origin that was not created or manipulated in a laboratory (herehere). Reuters has previously debunked similar claims that the pandemic was planned (hereherehere) .

Meanwhile, the quote from Bill Gates alongside the headline about depopulating the earth is one that has been repeatedly taken out of context (herehere). Gates made the comment during a TED talk in 2010 about reducing the world’s carbon emissions to zero (here) and was not suggesting the global population should be killed off using vaccines. In fact, his stance is the opposite.

Gates has long been a proponent of population control to target the roots of poverty and unrest, and told Forbes magazine in 2011 that when he first entered public health, it was to focus on contraception (here) . When he later saw data suggesting that when mortality rates fall, so, too, do birth rates, Gates shifted his focus from preventing births to saving people already alive. He told Forbes: “We moved pretty heavily into vaccines once we understood that.”


False. There is no evidence to suggest the COVID-19 pandemic was planned, and the similarity in the numbers between the newspaper’s publication, the 9/11 feature and the Pfizer vaccine announcement do not give rise to this. The Bill Gates quote on the front of the newspaper has also been taken out of context.

Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .

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False Bill Gates ‘depopulate with vaccines’ news a conspiracy theory classic

By AAP FactCheck
December 8, 2020


A Facebook post suggests that a 2011 newspaper article highlighting Bill Gates’s plan to depopulate the Earth through forced vaccination has been effectively scrubbed from the public record.

The post includes a screenshot of what appears to be an Instagram post that features a woman holding a copy of a newspaper titled the “Sovereign Independent”.

Text above the image in the screenshot says, “2011….this article can’t be found anywhere now !!! This amazing lady kept it all these years. Share the arse out of this.”

The front-page story includes the headline: “Depopulation through forced vaccination: The Zero Carbon Solution”. Beside the headline is an image of Mr Gates and a blurry quote in which he says new vaccines, health care and reproductive services may reduce population growth.

At the time of writing, the November 27 post had been shared more than 250 times and received more than 30 reactions. It was posted by a user who listed their location as Bendigo, Victoria.

A reverse image search reveals the image has been shared widely online, with more than 400 results for similar images returned.

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A social media post claims a Sovereign Independent article has been scrubbed from public view. 


Contrary to the claim in the post, the newspaper article is readily available online. It repeats a quote from Bill Gates that has repeatedly been used out of context to perpetuate conspiracy theories surrounding the Microsoft founder and his vaccine advocacy.

A Google search returns multiple links to copies of the Sovereign Independent’s fourth edition from 2011 in the first page of results (including herehere and here).

The Sovereign Independent was an Ireland-based newspaper which published conspiracy theories and other misinformation around topics such as vaccines.

Other articles in the edition shown in the Facebook post claim the US killing of Osama Bin Laden was a hoax (page 5) and that vaccines cause autism “within weeks” (page 11).

Another edition includes stories claiming Freemasons were devil-worshippers in cahoots with the UN to control the world (page 10) and that television is a form of brainwashing controlled by the government to implement “the New World Order” (page 12).

The newspaper began publishing in 2009, according to a digital copy of its first edition, and appears to have only run seven copies, based on archives published by Dave Derby, who is identified in interviews as the paper’s editorIts listed website is no longer active, although archived versions remain online.

The front-page story shown in the Facebook post claimed vaccines didn’t prevent illness and were designed to ensure people got sick to enrich pharmaceutical companies and to reduce the number of people on the pension.

It said vaccines were also part of a depopulation agenda promoted by the United Nations and Mr Gates.

As evidence for this, it included a quote from a TED Talk Mr Gates gave in 2010, titled Innovating to Zero, in which he discussed ways the world could reduce carbon emissions. One way was by reducing population growth through improving healthcare.

“The world today has 6.8 billion people,” Mr Gates said in the talk. “That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now if we do a great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive services, we lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 per cent.”

On the front page of the newspaper this quote was attributed to “Billy ‘The Kid Killer’ Gates”.

The article seized on the quote before adding “the globalist elite care nothing for humanity; ordinary men, women and children must be eliminated in their delusional minds to ensure that their superior types go into the future with the best of breeding being the only criteria worthy of saving”.

However, Mr Gates has stated multiple times that he believed population growth could, counterintuitively, be slowed by improving healthcare and reducing child mortality – not through killing children or adults. These improvements could be in part achieved through increasing access to vaccinations. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged billions of dollars towards the cause.

In a 2011 article in Forbes magazine, Mr Gates identified that countries with lower child mortality rates typically had lower birth rates, and so improving healthcare and vaccination rates could reduce the world’s population.

He said this was because parents could be confident their children would survive to adulthood and therefore they did not need large families.

He reiterated this view in a 2018 video published on his YouTube channel in which he says, “We find that in every country in the world this is repeated – the population growth goes down as we improve health.”

He made the same point in a 2012 video, and in posts on his website here and here.

The quote from the 2010 TED Talk has repeatedly been taken out of context to suggest Mr Gates wants to reduce the world population by killing or sterilising people through vaccinations (for example here and here).

Similar misinformation involving the same quote has previously been fact-checked as false (see herehere and here).

Mr Gates has also repeatedly been the target of numerous misleading and false claims on social media. AAP FactCheck has previously debunked claims that he has been charged with war crimes and wants to microchip humans, among others (see herehere and here).


Despite a claim to the contrary, the 2011 newspaper article featured in the Facebook post can be readily found online. The newspaper, the Sovereign Independent, published conspiracy theories and misinformation on a range of topics.

The article referred to in the post incorrectly suggests Microsoft founder Bill Gates wants to depopulate the Earth through forced vaccinations. Mr Gates has stated that vaccinations and other health measures can reduce child mortality, which in turn leads to reduced birth rates and population growth.

False – Content that has no basis in fact.

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