Fake microchip conspiracy theory accepted by half of those who don’t want COVID vaccine, poll finds
More than half of Americans refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 believe the false conspiracy theory that the federal government is trying to microchip the population, suggests a new poll from The Economist and YouGov.
One in five Americans agrees with the false theory, according to YouGov’s survey of 1,500 adults; 14% say they are not sure and 66% don’t believe it. Fifty-one percent of those who have no intention of rolling up their sleeves think it is “totally or probably true” that “the US government is using the COVID-19 vaccine” to implant to everyone microchips – a long debunked theory concocted in part from the baseless claims of the anti-vaccine movement that Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the federal government, and obscure coalitions of private companies and goal-oriented organizations nonprofits seek to hunt down humans around the world.
The notorious microchip theory is at the heart of disinformation campaigns and misleading social media posts, along with refuted claims that vaccines alter your DNA, cause large numbers of deaths, or cause disease to develop. autism and more dangerous variants – a notion described by a scientist at Healthline as “completely nuts”.
The recent poll shows the theory has developed as the Biden administration seeks to mitigate a drop in vaccinations. After nationwide immunization accelerated earlier this year resulted in a substantial drop in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, cases are now increasing in almost all states as the variant Highly contagious Delta is spreading, especially in areas where many remain unvaccinated. The multi-week hike comes amid continued hammering of basic vaccine science and public health officials by far-right media, coupled with heightened mistrust of government, science and public health. media. Other recent polls show many Americans claim to believe baseless theories about voter fraud, the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol and the QAnon conspiracy movement.
“This is about the health of Americans and the reality is that disinformation continues to spread like wildfire… aided and abetted by technology platforms,” US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told Fox News Sunday “.
In 2019, researchers at MIT, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, studied using an invisible dye – which could possibly appear under a certain light or a smartphone app – to determine if anyone one is vaccinated. But the theoretical study – which did not include any device capable of tracking or monitoring – never exceeded animal testing, James Tabery, a professor of philosophy at the University of Utah, told ABC, who wrote on pandemic plots.
“They gave grants to researchers to find better ways to keep track of immunization information, and in particular, they were thinking of places like underdeveloped countries where you want to deploy immunization operations but the infrastructure electronic medical record isn’t really set up to keep track of it all, “Tabery said.” Logistical challenge: How do you know who has been vaccinated when you don’t have the electronic infrastructure to do so? “
Kevin McHugh, who helped lead research on “quantum dot staining,” told Reuters the technology did not include any human microchips or implants. He likened it to a tattoo that could help medical professionals obtain patient immunization records in places where medical records and infrastructure are scarce.
Gates, during a question-and-answer session in March 2020 on Reddit, said, “Eventually we’ll have digital certificates to show who has recovered or has been tested recently or when we have a vaccine that has it. received.” The Gates Foundation told Reuters that the reference to “digital certificates” was not about microchips, but rather “efforts to create an open source digital platform with the aim of expanding access to safe and reliable testing. home”.
James Heathers, Scientific Director of Cipher Skin – where he spent years “sticking technology to people and people” – wrote in The Atlantic that the most recent microchips with 5G functionality “are about the size of ‘a dime and would never fit. inside these needles.
Heathers added that the microchips envisioned in baseless conspiracy theories would require an external power source close to the injection site – “Beyond a certain point, tiny adorable digital devices just can’t be reduced to having tiny, adorable batteries that keep them running. “They would also need communications technology that could send signals” through an inch of muscle and a bunch of skin and fat. Muscle in particular is a rotten thing to navigate, because it’s essentially a big sac of conductive fluid, notoriously fatal to radio signals, ”he wrote.
Recent polls show that many Americans remain hesitant about vaccination due to safety concerns or believe the risks are now reduced after several months of progress. Some want to wait for full approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The Biden administration and state leaders continued to ramp up their outreach by calling on trusted members of the community – local doctors and nurses, religious leaders and social service organizations – to get the message across that vaccines are safe and effective.
Murthy noted on Sunday that 99.5% of recent deaths from COVID-19 are unvaccinated individuals.
Facebook recently responded to harsh words from President Joe Biden and his team, noting that “more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on Internet, ”said spokesperson Dani Lever. ABC News. “More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder to find out where and how to get a vaccine. The facts show that Facebook helps save lives. Period.”
Reuters reported in May 2020 that bogus social media posts accusing Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, of saying all Americans should be microchipped had been shared more than 8,000 times. Since the start of the pandemic, Facebook has deleted more than 18 million posts on its main site and Instagram due to policy violations related to disinformation, Bloomberg reported in May.
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, including their ingredients, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, read here.