No, Bill Gates Isn't Planning To Implant Microchips On People

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This post is a continuation of our previous post, where we talked about famed entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates and how he has been bombarded with bizarre and guff conspiracy theories that have actually been shared and accepted by persons worldwide even though evidence sourced from reputable sources can easily disprove them. We urged persons to conduct fact checks on such theories but that may seem difficult for some, so we've decided to conduct a fact check ourselves on one of such conspiracy theories and here we are with the fact check:

A conspiracy theory making the rounds online implies that famed entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates is planning to harness coronavirus testing and a potential vaccine for the virus to implant and track people with microchips. There's, however, no evidence for such a plan, which we explain below.

The basis of that claim lies in a Reddit post which Bill Gates participated in on the 18th of March as regards to his eponymous foundation's efforts to help curtail the coronavirus outbreak. In that post, Bill Gates is quoted as stating;

"Eventually we will have some digital certificates to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine who has received it."

The following day, this quote was hijacked by a news website called to imply that Gates was planning to implant microchips in people by funding vaccines and treatments via the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. However, this quote is significantly misconstrued, owing to the fact that a "digital certificate" is nothing like a chip that can be implanted in persons. A digital certificate is actually an electronic document that is used when communicating over the internet. From this definition, it can be easily understood that such a certificate is housed in electronic devices and not human bodies. For a quick example, this website you're currently on has a digital certificate.

The second part of the claim of Bill Gates planning to implant microchips in persons stems from a research that was funded by the Gates Foundation and published in December. The research centered on medical record-keeping as regards to keeping scores on persons who have been vaccinated in areas where standard immunization record-keeping happen to be difficult due to lack of resources.

In simple terms, this is what the research entailed; to help keep track of persons who have been vaccinated within a certain region, dissoluble micro-needles that deliver patterns of near-infrared light-emitting micro-particles to a human's skin could be used. Such particle patterns are invisible to the naked eye but can be imaged using modified smartphones. The proposal of the research entailed harnessing such patterns to keep tabs on vaccination, that is, having such patterns marked on people's bodies and making use of modified smartphones to check and know if a person has been vaccinated or not.

In low-resource settings or in other words, poor regions, medical record-keeping is a significant problem that contributes to numerous deaths every year. Potentially using particle patterns at low cost to aid medical record-keeping in such areas was the aim of that research. It, however, has been hijacked to imply otherwise, and to be clear, such patterns can't be used as a tracking device of some sorts as they are merely marks that can be recognized with the use of a custom device.

With this fact-check, we hope the microchip claim can be added to the long list of guff conspiracy theories surrounding Bill Gates and vaccination. For more fact-checks, you can visit the likes of,,, and many more.