For months, conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccines have spread misinformation about coronavirus vaccines. According to one of the most widespread false reports, Microsoft philanthropist and founder Bill Gates is plotting to use vaccines to implant people with locator micro chips.
This is not true. Bill Gates himself addressed the conspiracy theory in June, telling reporters that the claim was so bizarre it was almost funny. users Twitter have also shed light on the myth with a multitude of memes. “It’s almost hard to deny these things because they’re so stupid or weird that even repeating them gives them credibility,” Bill Gates lamented at a press conference to announce $1.6 billion in funding (1.31 billion euros) for immunization in poor countries, according to USA Today.
However the misinformation about the vaccine is no fun. In order for life to return to the way it was before the Covid-19 epidemic, 75 to 85% of people need to be vaccinated according to Dr Anthony Fauci, infectious disease expert.
Conspiracy theories on the vaccine threaten public confidence in vaccines, which is essential to achieve this threshold. Which claims that the vaccine contains a microchip capable of identifying vaccinated people or locating people are false and based on misinterpreted information.
The micro chips myth may have come from the smart packaging of syringes
Videos with altered or out of context footage from news reports and interviews have been circulated widely on social media, fueling the fire for the conspiracy theory of microchips.
One video in particular, which has been shared more than 40,000 times since a repost on November 15, could reveal the origins of the myth. The video includes fragments from an interview with Jay Walker, executive chairman of syringe maker Apiject, in which he talks about an optional barcode-like label for the vaccine.
In the original interview, it is clear that this tag would be optional and that the RFID chip in question would be affixed to the outside of the syringe, and not injected with its contents. The chip was designed to distinguish the real vaccine from counterfeit or expired doses and to track injections.
The video shared also contains a clip of Bill Gates, visibly edited to make it sound like he is saying, “We need a measurement system that can keep track of the vaccine.” Reuters tracked down Bill Gates original speech delivered, which was at a financial inclusion forum in 2013, where he spoke of vaccines as a breakthrough innovation and then called for a tracking system for the financial inclusion, not the distribution of vaccines.
So coronavirus vaccines don’t contain micro chips and here’s what’s in them
What’s in Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccines
Pfizer has released a list of ingredients that are actually in their vaccine, and a microchip is not one of them. The active ingredient in the bite is a fragment of the virus’s genetic material called messenger RNA. mRNA acts like “a genetic punching bag for the body to learn to fight against proteins that help Covid-19 invade our cells.”
A mixture of sugar, salt and fat cushions the metaphorical punching bag and allows the vaccine to be administered by intramuscular injection.
Here is the full list of ingredients in Pfizer’s sting:
- A nucleoside-modified messenger RNA (mRNA) encoding the viral glycoprotein of SARS-CoV-2 (this is what makes the bite work)
- Lipids, or fatty substances, including: (4-hydroxybutyl) azanediyl) bis (hexane-6,1-diyl) bis (2-hexyldecanoate); 2 – [(polyethylene glycol) -2000] -N, N-ditetradecylacetamide; 1,2-distearoyl-snglycero-3-phosphocholine; and cholesterol
- Potassium chloride Monobasic potassium
- Sodium chloride (salt)
- Dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate
- Sucrose (sugar)
What is contained in the coronavirus vaccines from Moderna
Moderna, the other vaccine manufacturer which recently received authorization from emergency use by the US FDA, also published a fact sheet detailing the ingredients of its Covid-19 vaccine.
Moderna’s vaccine contains:
- Messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA)
- Lipids, or fatty substances, including: MS (sphyngomyelin) -102; Polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG]; 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]; and cholesterol
- Tromethamine hydrochloride
- Acetic acid