Bill Gates At Odds With Trump On Virus, Becomes A Right-Wing Target

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday a halt in US funding to the WHO saying it had'failed in its basic duty in allowing the pandemic to take hold. Image Bloomberg

Gates calls for ‘united front’ and donates an extra $150 million in fight against coronavirus

Gates, who recently left his position at Microsoft, where he was a co-founder to support work on COVID-19, is working hard to prevent the outbreak from spreading with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a nonprofit organization where he is chairman.

Gates' philanthropic organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has pledged $US250 million toward fighting the coronavirus pandemic, including developing and manufacturing a vaccine.

Anti-vaxxers, right-wing pundits, and members of the conspiracy group QAnon video is evidence of Gates' plans to use a pandemic for his personal gains, suggests The New York Times.

"Vaccines work vaccines are a miraculous invention of modern science that actually allow and save millions upon millions of lives because an effective vaccine prevents people from getting potentially deadly diseases and that's why we have global vaccination".

The World Health Organization (WHO) voiced "regret" Wednesday at US President Donald Trump's suspension of funding for the United Nations agency over suspicions that it had mismanaged the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding announced Friday builds on the $100 million the foundation has committed to date to support the global response, as well as $5 million in resources to support public health agencies and frontline response organizations in the greater Seattle region. He cautioned that governments around the world were unprepared for a highly infectious virus. However, this patent was for a strain of coronavirus that affects farm animals, not humans. In total, Zignal Labs found that conspiracy theories involving Gates and the virus had been mentioned 1.2 million times on social media and TV broadcasts, The Times said.

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The conspiracy theories against Bill Gates can have larger implications, warns Claire Wardle, First Draft.

Gates is not the only focus of conspiracy theories about the virus.

"A successful vaccine has to be available for 7 billion people".

And Roger Stone, the Trump confidant who was sentenced this year to 40 months in prison for felonies related to the 2016 Trump campaign, said in a radio interview this week reported by the New York Post that whether Gates "played some role in the creation and spread of this virus is open for vigorous debate".

He said there has been a lot of misinformation about the foundation's work on vaccines, stating that those comments by the french doctors are utterly outrageous.

Gates had spoken about the rise of such outlandish theories before, telling Chinese channel CCTV "I'd say it's ironic if you take somebody who's doing their best to get the world ready".

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