The first paragraph of the 12 November 2020 article says that as “part of moves to ensure that the vaccine circulated round the world”, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced it will commit an additional US$70 million “to make sure vaccines are available for everyone”.
Bill and Melinda Gates have been the target of many fake rumours and conspiracy theories by anti-vaccine activists because of their foundation’s investment in healthcare and scientific research. Africa Check has debunked a number of these about Covid-19 over the course of 2020.
Money for vaccine distribution and research
On 12 November, speaking at the Paris Peace Forum, Melinda Gates said: “Our foundation is also making a contribution today, too: We’re donating another $70 million to fight Covid-19: $50 million for buying vaccine doses for low-income countries; and another $20 million for researching new vaccines altogether.”
A further $250 million pledge to “manufacture and deliver new tests, drugs, and vaccines” was announced by the foundation’s chief executive, Mark Suzman, on 9 December. This was again widely reported by international media. These viral news stories shared on Facebook are quite true. – Africa Check
For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false
A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?
Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.Publishers guide
Africa Check teams up with Facebook
Africa Check is a partner in Meta's third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.
The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.
You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.