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William Henry Gates III is a software developer, business leader, investor and philanthropist[note 1] best known for being the co-founder of Microsoft and his philanthropy in sanitation, water availability, polio, and farming. Besides all this, he has often been a target of various population control conspiracy theories.
- 1 Vaccinations
- 1.1 His polio vaccine paralysed 496,000 children in India!
- 1.2 His MenAfriVac paralysed 50 children in Africa!
- 1.3 His Tetanus vaccine caused infertility in women!
- 1.4 His PATH vaccine killed 7 girls in India!
- 1.5 The Italian government is arresting him!
- 2 Coronavirus
- 3 Life
- 4 External Links
- 5 References
- 6 Notes
His polio vaccine paralysed 496,000 children in India!
This claim originates from Robert F. Kennedy, a prominent anti-vaxxer, who cites a 2018 study which states, "A total of 640,000 children developed NPAFP in the years 2000–2017, suggesting that there were an additional 491,000 paralyzed children above our expected numbers for children with NPAFP."
This does not directly support the claim, and if Robert had cared to go down in the paper a little further, the study debunks his own claim by stating:
The AFP [Acute Flaccid paralysis] surveillance data from India does not provide information about the etiology of NPAFP, and it is tempting to suggest that OPV-related [the vaccine] GBS [See Guillain-Barré syndrome] may be the cause for the rise in NPAFP seen across the country.
However, GBS is unlikely to be the sole reason for the increase in NPAFP. GBS, caused by OPV, was usually reported soon after an OPV campaign. Our finding that the NPAFP rate in each year correlated best with the cumulative doses administered over the previous 5 years, suggests that they may not all have been OPV-caused GBS (occurring in 5 days to 6 weeks).
The study was slammed by critics for having “questionable” inferences and “should be considered spurious unless proved otherwise by further study and analysis using more rigorous methods”. Some of the “important variables” left ignored in the study that “might have affected the validity of the correlations” are:
1.The Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance data that the authors have used include reported cases of the 0–15 year age group and the rates are calculated forthwith. However, the use of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) in Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) or Pulse Polio campaigns is targeted toward children in the age range of 0–5 years. Hence, correlating the two does not actually answer the hypothesis unless some analytical evidence is provided to show that the AFP rate in the 5–15 year age group is not influencing the results.
2. There is the possibility that the sensitivity of surveillance and, therefore, the number of AFP cases reported depended not only on the broadened case definition, to include even atypical or non-classical AFP cases, but also on the focus and efforts in terms of active case search (ACS) visits by the surveillance officers. It is a reality that due to the transitioning plans, a shifting of focus from polio, and the reduced presence of specialized surveillance system workforce from partner agencies such as WHO, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the number of ACS visits to the reporting and informer units of the AFP reporting network have decreased considerably. This might also be correlated with the non-polio AFP rates in recent years.
There were 5 other points in the comment.
The authors responded to these criticisms, but noted a few key caveats, including "it is possible that new neurotropic enteroviruses colonizing the gut may induce paralysis." They also explicitly stated that:
We did not say that the NP AFP reported in our paper were cases of vaccine induced paralysis. Non-polio AFP, by its very definition, excludes polio vaccine induced paralysis.
Unfortunately, the majority of Kennedy’s sheep are unable to understand such terminology or have the ability to research any of the claims made by him.
This claim was also fact checked by Full Fact, AFP, The Logical Indian, Lead Stories, India Today and PolitiFact. While it is true that the observed incidence of NPAFP cases increased in the late 2000s and has stayed relatively high, but this doesn’t mean the polio vaccine was necessarily the cause. The funding of charities boosted polio vaccinations as well as better diagnosis and reach of healthcare.
The BBC reported that public healthcare along with diagnosis of polio have been substantially better. While it is true that more than 496,000 children were paralysed, and that rate is higher than the past decade, but better reach of healthcare in India is accountable for the high numbers.
Other countries, including the UK, have also observed increased reports of unexplained AFP.
Although the polio vaccine can itself result in cases of “vaccine-associated paralytic polio” according to the World Health Organisation, but the rate is low. Approximately 1 in 2.7 million doses of the oral polio vaccine are associated with paralytic polio. Using that 10 billion doses as a benchmark and WHO's figure of 1 paralyzed child for every 2.7 million doses equates to about 3,700 children paralyzed worldwide over a decade — still a tragic number, but far from Corbett’s estimates. Hence, in order of it be true, 1,339,200 million (1 trillion) children must be vaccinated in the limited 7 year time, which is more than the population of the entire earth. You don’t need a mathematician to tell you that is extremely low and disproves the claim.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative says acute flaccid paralysis has causes far beyond polio, from Guillain-Barré syndrome to transverse myelitis to snake bite:
The World Health Organization has said oral polio vaccine (OPV) is an extremely safe and effective tool for immunising children against the disease.
In 2013, the World Health Organization received reports of over 100,000 AFP cases worldwide, of which only 404, or less than 0.5%, were confirmed as polio.
Since the eradication of polio in India, there have been some scares of tainted vaccines. But data from the WHO show that, between 2000 and 2017, there were 17 cases of vaccine-derived poliovirus.
His MenAfriVac paralysed 50 children in Africa!
This claims seeems to originate from Candace Ownes.
The campaign, which had started in Gouro on 11 December 2012, was abruptly stopped on December 15 when vaccinated children reportedly fell ill.
The incident prompted a Chadian journalist (subsequently identified as a regime opponent) to post a story on December 22 that described 40 children who had become severely ill (some with paralysis) in Gouro after being vaccinated with MenAfriVac. Within 24 hours the story was reposted by an online national news channel, and a few days later the information made headlines in Chadian print and online media. The story was subsequently picked up by European and US antivaccination activists, who accused MVP and partners of deliberately committing genocide among Africa's poorest and most fragile populations. The story was published on the website of an international news agency 41 days after the publication of the first blog, but was removed within a couple of hours thanks to the swift intervention of MVP communicators.
Chadian authorities invited an international team of clinicians and epidemiologists to investigate the problem. An investigation proceeded; all cases were examined by physicians, who did not find cases of paralysis, and all of the affected individuals recovered without incident. These findings were published in an official report. The episode was determined to be "mass psychogenic illness" — an unusual phenomenon that has been well described, the affected tending to be clusters of young girls with unusual clinical findings that gradually improve
To repeat: According to the 2015 evaluation, the incident was a case of "mass psychogenic illness". Psychogenic means that the causes were mental or emotional rather than physical. The evaluation found that "all cases were examined by physicians, who did not find cases of paralysis, and all of the affected individuals recovered without incident". The symptoms were triggered in part by “the occurrence of crises among other patients”, and even an unvaccinated child complained of similar illness. Chad’s Ministry of Public Health said the “mass psychogenic phenomenon” was also known as “collective hysteria” or “collective obsessive behaviour”.
The Chad government on the issue said “all the different medical examinations performed on the patients were normal”. Not only did physicians find no cases of paralysis, but all the children recovered. A Lancet study on meningitis vaccinations in Chad also referred to the Gouro incident: “Coverage in the last phase of the vaccination campaign fell after reports of adverse events after vaccination, concerns that were subsequently shown to be unfounded.” .
His Tetanus vaccine caused infertility in women!
His PATH vaccine killed 7 girls in India!
- See the main articles on this topic at Wikipedia: PATH (global health organization) § PATH's work § Epidemic diseases § HIV and PATH (global health organization) § Controversies
The Indian government is arresting him for this!
The Italian government is arresting him!
Bill Gates predicted this in Event 201!
This argument is similar to claiming that a school principal was behind the burning of a school since she did a fire drill 6 months before it.
Bill Gates isn’t a medical doctor!
Bill Gates isn’t vaccinated!
Bill Gates travelled to Jeffery Epstein’s island 17 times!
Bill Gates stole MS-DOS code from QDOS!
DRI's lawyer at the time, Gerry Davis, said that the company's forensic researchers found that 86-DOS infringed on DRI's intellectual property. But DRI never pursued legal action against Microsoft or IBM. Kildall died in 1994, but the rumor that Microsoft copied his creation persisted.
Bill Gates at Microsoft sold an operating system to IBM, and reaped then-unimaginable rewards, shedding a cloud of speculation hung over that part of the story, whether the code was stolen from CP/M (QDOS).
Kildall maintained that QDOS, and subsequently MS-DOS, had been directly copied from CP/M and thus infringed on his copyright. DRI attorney Davis claimed forensic experts had proven that MS-DOS had been copied from CP/M, but that in 1981 there was no way to go to court over copyright infringement and get a judgment. The latter, at least, was found to be not true. Just one year earlier, Congress had passed the Computer Software Copyright Act of 1980, which made copyright protection of software explicit, so why DRI didn’t take the battle to court at the time further suggests that the accusation was baseless.
Microsoft has stated that its hands were clean. Kildall maintained that QDOS, and subsequently MS-DOS, had been directly copied from CP/M and thus infringed on his copyright.
Recently, Robert Zeidman examined the code in question using a set of tools he developed for detecting copyright violations in software, and last month he published his findings in the pages of IEEE Spectrum. He didn't find any evidence that MS-DOS copied code from CP/M (QDOS).
How Zeidman did it and the real history behind it is extensively documented on the pages of IEEE Spectrum and the Journal of Software Engineering and Applications.
…comparing binary with source code, I found 80 matching identifiers. But with a couple of exceptions, these identifiers were all common words from operating systems and programming or just from the English language. I also found 11 matching strings, but again, these strings were all common words or phrases. And once I filtered the matching elements to eliminate common identifiers found more than 100 times on the Internet, all the matches evaporated…
…Next I compared the MS-DOS 1.11 binary code with CP/M binary code. There was only one matching identifier: “com.” This is a common abbreviation for a communication port like a serial port or printer port, and certainly not a sign of copying. There were also 65 matching strings, but they were all common words or phrases used in many operating systems…
…And that is that. Every lead brought me not to Bill Gates but to a dead end. QDOS was absolutely not copied from CP/M, and MS-DOS showed no signs of copying either. Kildall’s accusations about Bill Gates were totally groundless…
“” Kildall indeed deserves credit for creating the first personal computer operating system, but his operating system didn’t come out of nowhere; it was essentially a simpler version of many other operating systems in use at the time, including Unix, developed in 1969, and VAX/VMS, introduced in 1978. And while Kildall is sometimes remembered as a pauper for “being cheated by Bill Gates,” DRI was actually a successful company for many years, and Kildall sold it to Novell in 1991 for $120 million. Kildall was undeniably very creative and innovative, but he was also a poor businessman who was nonetheless very successful. If he was not as successful as Bill Gates, it wasn’t because Microsoft stole the CP/M source code.
|—Robert “Bob” Zeidman|
There is also a $100,000 Prize if you are able to prove that MS-DOS was copied from QDOS.
- Correlation between Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis Rates with Pulse Polio Frequency in India by Rachana Dhiman et al. (2018) International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15(8):1755. doi:10.3390/ijerph15081755. The study claimed to be proof of paralysed children in India by Bill Gates' polio vaccine.
- Comment on Dhiman, R. et al. Correlation of Non-Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis Rate with Pulse Polio Frequency in India. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1755 Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018;16(1):13. Published 2018 Dec 21. doi:10.3390/ijerph16010013 PubMed
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wasn’t kicked out of India (30th Jun 2020) Full Fact.
- Did Bill Gates-backed Polio Vaccine Paralyse Children In India? (22 May 2020 7:53 AM) AFP via BOOM.
- Gates Foundation targeted with misleading claims about India polio vaccine campaign (22 July 2020 21:06) AFP
- Fact Check: Were 496,000 Children In India Paralyzed Between 2000 & 2017 From "Bill Gates Polio Vaccine"? by Aditi Chattopadhyay (24 May 2020 / Updated: 26 May 2020 7:22 PM) The Logical Indian.
- Fact Check: 496,000 Children In India Were NOT Paralyzed From 'Bill Gates Polio Vaccine' From 2000-2017 by Wayne Drash (Apr 23, 2020) Lead Stories.
- Fact Check: Conspiracy theory says Bill Gates-backed polio vaccine disabled 47,000 kids by Chayan Kundu (August 4, 2020. Updated: August 4, 2020 14:08 IST) India Today
- Anti-vaxxers spread conspiracy about Bill Gates and India’s polio vaccination by Daniel Funke (April 23, 2020) PolitiFact.
- "BBC article on Bill Gates’ polio vaccine".
- Information on the reporting, investigation and management of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).
- Vaccine-associated paralytic polio (VAPP) and vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV) (February 2015) World Health Organization.
- The Global Polio Eradication Initiative
- "Communication Challenges During the Development and Introduction of a New Meningococcal Vaccine in Africa".
- "Experts on the event".
- Chad says no link between sick kids and meningitis shot (22 Jan, 2013) AFP via MedicalXpress
- "Effect of a serogroup A meningococcal conjugate vaccine (PsA–TT) on serogroup A meningococcal meningitis and carriage in Chad: a community study".
- No, 50 children not paralysed by ‘Gates-backed’ meningitis vaccine (01:42 | 26th May 2020) AfricaCheck
- Did Bill Gates Test Unapproved Vaccines on Children in Africa? by Alec Dent (Apr 22 2020) The Dispatch Fact Check
- Candace Owens Is Dangerously Misinformed about Vaccine by Matt Johnson (April 20, 2020) Quillete
- MenAfriVac vaccine slashes meningitis cases in Africa by Karin Zeitvogel (Ma /June 2016 | Volume 15, Issue 3) from Fogarty
- Why it is said that Bill gates stole MS-DOS from Gary Kildall and GUI from Xerox PARC?, Quora
- Where would Bill Gates be if his mom was not on the board of directors at IBM and Gates was not able to purchase a ripped-off version of Gary Kindall's operating system?, Quora
- Did Bill Gates steal the heart of MSDOS?
- Code Correlation Comparison of the DOS and CP/M Operating Systems Zeidman, Bob. (2014). Journal of Software Engineering and Applications. 7. 10.4236/jsea.2014.76048.
- Expert says system calls, but not source code, were copied from CP/M to MS-DOS. But there's $100,000 if you can prove he's wrong
- While Gates has undeniably done great non-profit work in many fields, some have argued that his philanthropy benefits him monetarily or contradicts his investments in big companies, leading many to refer to him as a "philanthrocapitalist". His donations have sincerely helped save many lives, but sometimes also filled his own pocket. There is heated debate on these topics, however this RationalWiki page only lists and debunks some of the more conspiratorial views of this individual. You are free to talk about it in the talk page.