An article that’s been circulating on Facebook claims that Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, said that a COVID-19 vaccine could kill almost one million people. The article was allegedly citing an interview that he gave, but this is not exactly accurate.
Gates was talking about the vaccine’s safety and the potential that this would have for certain side effects. He gave a hypothetical figure in order to illustrate the number of people who could possibly be affected by the side effects worldwide.
“WATCH: Bill Gates Admits His COVID-19 Vaccine Might KILL Nearly 1,000,000 People,” – this is what the headline of this April 30, 2020 article, was claiming – the publication continued and said that Gates “recently admitted his vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) is less effective in the elderly and will most likely result in the death or maiming of 700,000 people.”
As you know by now, there is currently no vaccine available for COVID-19 which is the disease that emerged in China at the end of last year.
Also, Gates is a leading voice on the push for a vaccine for COVID-19 and he committed over $300 million to the novel coronavirus response efforts.
The moves that he’s been making have definitely made him a target of anti-vaccine campaigners and more groups that have involved the man into various conspiracy theories about the coronavirus crisis.
Here’s what Bill Gates actually said
AFP Fact Check revealed what Gates actually said:
“The efficacy of vaccines in older people is always a huge challenge. You know, it turns out the flu vaccine isn’t that effective in elderly people. Most of the benefit comes from younger people not spreading it because they’re vaccinated,” he said.
He continued, “Here, we clearly need a vaccine that works in the upper age range because they’re most at risk of that. And doing that so that you amp it up, so it works in older people, and yet you don’t have side effects. You know, if we have, you know, one in 10,000 side effects, that’s, you know, way more — 700,000, you know, people — who will suffer from that.”
Make sure to check out the article in question.