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Covid-19 and the Plot to Decrease the Global Population

Covid-19 is merely a plan for global extermination, instilled upon us by the international globalist elite. The vaccines against the coronavirus infection consist of substances, which would kill the vaccinated. Everything that’s been happening since the beginning of the pandemic is another attempt to establish a “New World Order”.

You’ve probably heard at least one of those statements. One in every five people in the U.S. believes that Covid-19 is a plan by the UN to depopulate the Earth. According to a study done in 2020 by the research center “Trend” for the newspaper 24 Hours, 40% of people in Bulgaria hold the same opinion. According to research from 2021 by the GlobSec institute, the rate of people who trust this statement in Bulgaria is the highest from all other countries in Central and Eastern Europe – 45%.

Where did these beliefs originate from? Why do so many people claim that Covid-19 is an artificially created virus, whose purpose is to depopulate Earth? What will the world population rate be in the next couple of decades and will Earth be depopulated?

Researchers suggest different definitions and explanations of conspiracy theories – in this case, we will refer to a scientific publication, which examines studies on the topic. You can read the original paper here. Conspiracy theories can be described as a tool to explain crucial social and political events, using claims about secret plans supported by people in power, regardless of whether or not they are statesmen or other groups who supposedly hold substantial power.

To date, studies have concluded that people who believe in one conspiracy theory are inclined to believe in others. The reason behind this is their often common prejudice against authority. People identify with conspiracy theories since they offer a clear and orderly explanation of something that is bewildering. In this way, it reestablishes their sense of control over the surrounding events or supports their sense of belonging to a certain group, which voices “the right stand” on a complex question.

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Conspiracy theories offer explanations largely on mass events and issues – such, as for which a simple explanation is insufficient, or a definitive frame takes a longer time to grasp. Trust in conspiracy theories is especially deep when people feel helpless about a certain issue, since feelings of going out of control cause stark anxiousness. Oftentimes, those who believe in conspiracy theories are certain that they hold vital, but covert by society information, which gives them an additional sense of self-importance and superiority over the “deluded”. Such reactions are evident in people who have felt underappreciated and threatened by something.

The paradox of conspiracy theories is that it is hard to refute them with facts since the theories themselves interpret facts frivolously and often disregard them entirely. Although they are based on real and well-founded fears and concerns, conspiracy theories are seldom untrustworthy, rather they often point towards insufficient information or lack of proof, only to secure their claims that someone is lying to us or hiding something from us. Similarly, in the conspiracy for global extermination, there is also a vicious plot against the innocent (good, ordinary) people, and the omnipotent devilmen, who will do anything to multiply their wealth and power. 

Why our population has to decrease

According to the infamous conspiracy theory, there is a plan for mass extermination of more than half the global population. The reason is the decrease of global resources over time. This imposes not only the need to hold down the population rate but the drastic decrease of the already existing global population. This will allow the “global elite” to use the scarce goods of Earth and live long and luxuriant lives, say, eternally even – according to other conspiracies.  

How we will get to that point is a question that has gathered multiple various answers over the years, and the most popular one currently is the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who wants to depopulate Earth and why

The conspiracy theory about the drastic population decrease on Earth is overseen by a couple of big villains.

The most famous one currently suspected of concocting plans for mass extermination is Bill Gates. Bill and (his now ex-wife) Melinda Gates Foundation has been investing in centers for reproductive health in developing communities for years. In the last few years, the foundation has invested over 300 million dollars in the fight against Covid-19, most importantly in developing vaccines against it. Work on vaccination programs is not anything new for the Gates family – the development and supply of vaccines against many and different illnesses in Third World countries is part of the agenda for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

What, then, makes people think that Bill Gates would want to destroy a huge part of humanity? In 2010, Gates held a lecture for the popular platform TED Talks. The topic was decreasing harmful emissions in the climate. There, Gates said: “The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent”.


This statement, taken out of context, is a catalyst for hundreds of social media publications accusing Bill Gates of “crimes against humanity”. What he meant was not to decrease the population by 10-15%, but to limit it to 9 billion, which he had mentioned. Vaccines are mentioned only as a way to achieve this, not as a tool for mass destruction, which will infuse poisonous substances into the human body. Better accessibility to vaccines in children early age drastically decreases infant mortality rates, which leads to a smaller number of children in a family. Together with the decreasing poverty rates, access to vaccines is the main factor for lower infant mortality rates, which brings people to choose to have less children, since they don’t need more kids for additional labor or as a “guarantee against child death”, says Hans Rosling in his book “Factfulness” – Rosling is one of the most prominent experts on issues about development and international health care.

Are concerns about vaccines for mass extermination newfounded?

The theory that vaccines kill people, instead of helping them isn’t new. Rather, it periodically reappears at any convenient moment. In the last couple of years, the same theory was disseminated a few times – firstly, during the swine flu (H1N1) pandemic in 2009, and later during the Ebola pandemic in 2014. The American journalist John Rapaport is one of the most proactive supporters of this theory about both pandemics. When vaccination against swine flu was already underway he went to call vaccines a cover up of the plan for global depopulation in his essay, published on his website

When Ebola was spreading, Rapaport claimed that not the virus was killing people, but rather previous vaccinations containing toxic substances. Among the widespread statements about Ebola are others, which would sound familiar in 2022 – the virus is a scam, the tests are unreliable, and Ebola is a plan utilizing pharmacy companies to accumulate wealth.

The UN and the “global government”

The UN is wrongly accused of a plot for mass extermination as well. Why did the organization deserve such accusations when it was only designed to provide better lives to the global population? Ironically, that’s exactly why. 

In 1992, the UN introduced “Plan 2021” – a non-binding contract, where the Sustainable Development Goals, set to be achieved in 2021, are laid down. In 2000, the so-called Millennium Goals were set to be realized in 2015. After it was made clear that it is impossible to solve global problems in such a short period, the “Plan 2030” was created to meet these goals. Among the 17 goals of sustainable development were: ending world hunger and gender inequality, lowering poverty rates, and stopping climate change and loss of biodiversity.

What is the issue with that? According to the believers of the global extermination conspiracy theory, “Plan 2021”, along with “Plan 2030”, both hide the UN’s true intentions – to drastically lower down Earth’s population. “Plan 2021” includes the issues of the progressive increase of the global population, along with the unsustainable models of consumption, which put our planet under serious stress. Nowhere in the document is there a plan for decreasing the population. In “Plan 2030” there is not one mention included on the topic.

Such beliefs stem from violent attitudes that the conspiracy believers hold towards the UN, ever since the theory for the “New World Order” from the 1960s. According to this theory, the UN is spearheading the plan for subduing the entire population under the control of one collective global government. For that to happen, though, and for the elite to stay affluent, it needs to do without the bigger part of the “ordinary folk” on the planet. This, according to the conspiracy theorists, can be found in the “Plan 2021” and “Plan 2030” documents.

“The Great Reset”

The last suspect, and the one mostly connected to the theory of the pandemic being a weapon for mass destruction, is the chair of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab. 

Months after the beginning of the pandemic, in June 2020, the discussion at the World Economic Forum was “The Great Reset”. The idea was this – to limit consumption in society worldwide, to work towards resolving the climate crisis, and all the rest inequalities on a national level. According to Klaus Schwab, the crisis gave the world a perfect opportunity to take on a new path, since it drastically changed the way most people used to live. In his speech, Schwab said that people will understand that they don’t need material goods to achieve happiness.


Naturally, the call for decreasing consumerism led to the birth of another conspiracy. “The Great Reset” – the global elite will limit citizens’ freedom (as it did with the coronavirus measures) and through the use of vaccines exterminate Earth’s population, until there is no one left except the so-called “Golden billion” – the most privileged people in the world, who can live affluently on the expense of the ordinary man. This theory is intertwined with the old and well-known theory of the New World Order – this time dressed as the current greatest fear globally – Covid-19.

At the end of November 2020, this conspiracy theory gained popularity again and turned into a trend on Twitter with over 80 000 publications on the topic. This time, the reason was a speech by the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau during a UN summit. In his speech, he called the pandemic an “opportunity” for resetting people’s worldview globally. 

On Jan. 15 this year, Prof. Ivo Hristov commented on “the Great Reset” in a BNT talk show hosted by Georgi Lyubenov. Prof. Hristov called Klaus Schwab “the voice of the international political backdrop” and summarized the so-called “Great Reset” theories, which Schwab expands on in a book, as well. It was published after the World Economic Forum in 2020, and he stressed on the way everything could change without us actually having to change anything, where we’ll stay on top, and the rest of the world will be down below.

How popular is the theory of global extermination in Bulgaria?

In the past year, there were thousands of publications about “The Great Reset” on Facebook. A text on the website pogled.info regarding the forced global depopulation has received over 750 000 interactions in different social media. Statements regarding “The Great Reset” are being posted and talked about in social media groups, which spread disinformation about coronavirus as being “The c0vid-19 scam” (more information about the group in this publication by Factcheck.bg). The groups Anonymous BG and the “No Logo” group also spread false and misleading information (as Factcheck.bg explained in this video about misleading footage of protests around the world), and many more. 

What is the reason that conspiracy theories like this one are getting popular in Bulgaria? According to a study published in Frontiers, the British journal for political sciences, one of the main reasons behind people choosing to trust conspiracy theories about Covid-19 is because of the lack of trust in the institutions. According to GlobSec data, 53% of Bulgarians think that the government handled the pandemic well, and more than 40% don’t trust health care institutions and their injunction on the pandemic.

The more people distrust the government and the official information that they provide, the more they start looking for alternative authority that can give them an explanation on the things, which we know little about, for which the information is self-contradicting or rapidly changing – just as it has been with the Covid-19 pandemic in the past two years. 

What’s the actual condition of the world population?

Drastic decrease in the global population is not evident in the last 30 years when the conspiracy theory gains popularity that the UN (and later other “villains”) are trying to shrink the global population to a total of 1 billion people. During the 90s, when the “Plan 2021” was introduced, the world population was around 5.3 billion. Today it is almost 8 billion.

The fast tempo, with which the world population had been increasing, has now started to decrease in the last years after it reached its peak during the 1960s. The population back then had increased close to 2% per year. Now, the population is increasing at around 1% per year or 81 million per year. The slower rate is a result of the decreasing extreme poverty, improved quality of education and health care in developing countries.

The population growth tempo will keep decreasing, but the world population will nevertheless continue increasing. It is predicted that by 2050 the number of people on Earth will grow by 50% and reach 9.7 billion, and by 2100 – 10.9 billion. 

Source: UN, World Population Prospects

The psychologist John Grohol defined conspiracy theories as a tool to rationalize something, which is hard to grasp, without having to put under question our worldview. Conspiracy theories explain not only the incomprehensible but often something, of which we’re afraid. Loss of control over our surrounding world, which was strongly felt during the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, created a vacuum that is easily filled up with alternative explanations of reality, offered by conspiracy theories.

Translated by Vera Arzumanyan

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The responsibility for the content lies entirely with Factcheck.bg.

Публикацията е създадена с подкрепата на Европейския съюз. Отговорността за съдържанието е изцяло на Factcheck.bg.

Mina Kirkova
Mina Kirkova received her education at the Classical High School (National High School for Ancient Languages ​​and Cultures) in Sofia and the University of Glasgow in Great Britain with a degree in Cinema and Television. Her professional career began at BiT TV, where she worked as an international editor. After the channel ceased to exist, she began working in the field of entertainment television as an editor in many of the most successful reality formats in the country. In December 2020, in a team with Georgi Marchev and Simona Kostadinova, she investigated the fake news about the PCR tests for coronavirus. The investigation won a prize from the Health on Target hackathon, organized by AEJ.

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