What did Bill Gates Say about the Patients Recovered from COVID-19?

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On August 15th, the Facebook account Tornike Noniashvili published a video with the following description: “Bill Gates says here: “we don’t want a lot of recovered people.” The 15-second-long video featuring Bill Gates is accompanied by the writing: “Digital Vaccine Certificate to Travel”. As of August 18th, the video has accumulated 39 shares.


The video is fabricated in a way that it changes the context of Gates’ speech. In reality, the answer of Gates was directed to a journalist’s question if they were planning to train the recovered people and use them as health workers. Gates clarifies that after introducing the self-testing practice, the use of recovered people as health workers has been removed from the agenda. The misleading quote aims to further support the existing conspiracy that Bill Gates aims to depopulate the earth.

The video shared by Tornike Noniashvili is a fragment from Gates’ interview with Ted Connects on March 25th, 2021. Gates indeed says the following sentence: “We don’t want to have a lot of recovered people,” nonetheless, he does not mean the number of people recovered from the virus, but their utilization as health workers in the fight with the coronavirus pandemic.


To the question of whether the recovered population in the health sector is necessary to reduce the burden on the health workers, Gates explained that they were considering putting recovered people into testing kiosks since most of them have already developed the natural immunity to the virus. Nonetheless, after proving the efficacy of the self-testing system to the FDA, the suggested practice has become unnecessary.

Bill Gates: “Yes, until we came up with the self-swab and showed FDA that that’s equivalent, we were thinking that people who were able to man those kiosks would be the recovered patients. Now, we don’t want to have a lot of recovered patients, you know?”

Manipulative videos about Bill Gates have been spread in the past as well. For more, see the articles of “Myth Detector:”

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