“NO LOCKDOWN NO TESTS NO TRACKS NO MASKS NO VAX,” he wrote on Twitter.
Brown hashtagged his tweet: “#researchanddestroy.”
While Brown was criticised for failing to show evidence of his claims, he has since defended the controversial comments.
“To all of you asking about my medical qualifications I have the same as the computer seller bill gates ( biggest funder of the world health organisation),” he wrote.
To all of you asking about my medical qualifications i have the same as the computer seller bill gates ( biggest funder of the world health organisation)
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) September 8, 2020
FEAR knocked on the door FAITH opened it but there was nobody there #RESEARCHANDDESTROY
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) September 10, 2020
Responding to Brown’s latest message, DJ and journalist Dave Haslam wrote: “Factcheck. Bill Gates made his money developing & selling software, rather than selling computers. He’s the 3rd largest funder of the WHO. He’s also pledged 1 billion dollars to malaria control. He doesn’t personally do the research, he gives scientists the cash.”
Another fan said: “I love you Ian but bill gates isn’t making the vaccine he’s funding it with his billions.”
But others were more supportive, with one writing: “Well said Ian – so good to see one of my heroes is not a member of the bedwetting brigade!”
Shortly after Brown’s original tweet, his former bandmate John Squire flipped the message, turning it into a pro-mask, pro-safety statement.
The guitarist wrote: “Wear a mask. stay safe. Look after yourself and others #morecambeandwise.”