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COVID-19 was long pre-planned in documents and simulation exercises by Bill Gates and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The accusations against Bill Gates and Rockefeller Foundation are merely conspiracy theories based on assumptions that do not have factual evidence.

The accusations against Bill Gates and Rockefeller Foundation are merely conspiracy theories based on assumptions that do not have factual evidence.Several social media users have been sharing misinformation claims about COVID-19, including allegations that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and The Rockefeller Foundation planned the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the origin of COVID-19 was most likely large seafood and live animal market in Wuhan, China. The virus is believed to have spread from an animal to a person, much like MERS and SARS. The World Health Organization scientist Peter Ben Embarek, an expert in animal diseases that infect humans, said the virus comes from bats and can infect cats and ferrets. However, it’s still unclear what animal may have transmitted the disease to humans.

In July, another post falsely claimed that Operation Lockstep, a document allegedly released by the Rockefeller Foundation, showed how global elites had planned to manufacture the COVID-19 pandemic for the last ten years to implement a police state. There is no document called Operation Lockstep, but the document's actual name is 'Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development,' a study funded by the Rockefeller Foundation envisioning how hypothetical future events could impact the development of technology. However, this document does not provide any operation manual for how to manufacture a global pandemic. Rather, it envisions how the world would be impacted in four different scenarios, including a global pandemic.

Gates, who funds various healthcare and sanitation programs around the world, has been targeted by various conspiracy theorists, according to data provided to the New York Times by the media intelligence from Zignal Labs.

In 2015, in a TED talk, Gates had warned the world of a pandemic. He had said that a pandemic would take place in the next decade, and the pandemic could kill over 30 million people in six months, similar to the 1918 pandemic that killed over 50 million people.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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