By Derrick Broze, The Last American Vagabond
Lockdowns, Contact Tracing, Digital Certificates, and Vaccines
Over the last four months Bill Gates has made dozens of media appearances where he has called for several controversial “solutions” to COVID-19. Gates says these proposals must be implemented before society can go back to “normal.” From calling for extended lockdowns, health surveillance (aka contact tracing) and digital certificates.
The science behind the lockdowns has been called into question numerous times by health experts. Most recently, Michael Levitt, a Stanford University professor who predicted the initial trajectory of the pandemic, stated that he believed the lockdown was a “huge mistake” and may have actually cost lives. TLAV has also exposed contact tracing and the call for an “army” of people to monitor the public as an expansion of surveillance. Coincidentally, it was reported just this week that the Gates Foundation recently invested hundreds of millions of dollars into tech companies like Google, who may end up building the contact tracing infrastructure.
What Gates describes as “digital certificates” sounds identical to what some are calling “immunity passports,” a form of digital identification that will hold an individual’s health data, as well as their vaccine status. During a Reddit AMA, Gates stated, “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.” What Gates describes – a digital certificate to prove who has been vaccinated – sounds similar to the recent calls for passengers to use immunity passports before being allowed to fly.
However, Gates’ statements and philanthropy reveal his primary focus in the “fight for global health:” the promotion of vaccinations for the entire world. Rather than focus on clean water, access to housing, or any number of other proposals to help the world’s poorest, Gates believes that access to vaccines is most pressing. Long before COVID-19 the Gates Foundation had been involved in funding controversial vaccine efforts in Africa and India.
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