SUMMARY This article, published in late May 2020, received more than 280,000 views on Facebook and more than 24,000 interactions on social media. The article makes numerous claims about Bill Gates and the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine being developed by Oxford
Did Bill Gates bribe the World Health Organization with $50 million to declare COVID-19 a pandemic? No, that's not true: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated money not to the World Health Organization, but to the Therapeutics Accelera
Quick Take A viral meme falsely suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci supports administering a COVID-19 vaccine before clinical trials are completed. Fauci supports the manufacture of vaccines while trials are underway — but only administering the vaccine o
Have philanthropist Bill Gates, along with Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention been silent amid the widespread protests sparked by George Floyd's death? And does this supposed silence "prove"
SUMMARY A study published on 28 May 2020 has been used to support a claim shared in articles and social media posts on Facebook and Instagram that unvaccinated children are healthier than vaccinated children. As is typical for this type of claim,
Did Bill Gates explain how he injects GMO in little kids arm right into the vein? No, that's not true: While this is a real video clip of him speaking, he was making an analogy that he believes the safety of genetically modified crops should b
REVIEW This video, published on 19 May 2020 on Facebook page The HighWire, features an interview between Del Bigtree and Dolores Cahill, a professor at University College Dublin who specializes in proteomics and the chairperson of the Irish Freedom
Did Bill Gates, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Big Pharma lose a massive U.S. Supreme Court case? No, that's not true: The billionaire philanthropist Gates, the immunologist Fauci, and the major pharmaceutical companies have not lost a major high court
Has "the whole world" gotten the pathology of COVID-19 wrong -- that it's thrombosis, a blood-clotting problem, that should be treated with "antibiotics, antivirals, anti-inflammatories and anticoagulants" and not a viral infection that leads
Do 5G waves penetrate red blood cells in the lungs, making them easy prey for COVID-19 to enter and cause oxygen starvation? No, that's not true: The main study used to support the claim is about Wi-Fi, not 5G signals. Scientists have proven t
Quick Take Facebook posts credit President Donald Trump with accomplishing a list of things that haven’t happened — claiming, for example, that he “cancelled” a proposed House bill on contact tracing and “expelled WHO.R
Summary In announcing that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19, President Donald Trump made a series of inaccurate, unsubstantiated or misleading statements related to the drug, which remains an unproven treatment against the coro
Quick Take A viral claim on Facebook erroneously tells users that “you will test positive” for COVID-19 if “you’ve gotten flu shots during the past ten years.” Vaccine and disease experts told us that’s false, and th
At a White House meeting with fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump said, without evidence, that the coronavirus “is going to go away without a vaccine.” While it’s impossible to predict the future, experts say it’s unlikely that the virus
Did Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator for the White House, have "a Freudian slip" and acknowledge that she actually works for billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and the World Health Organization? No, that is not true: B
Did the Italian government call for the arrest of Bill Gates for "crimes against humanity"? No, this is not true. While one lone member of the Italian Parliament did attack Gates in a speech, the word "arrest" was never spoken and the Italian
Did Bill Gates tell a CNBC interviewer that he's made or will make $200 billion from the $10 billion his charitable foundation invested in vaccines? No, that's not true: in an interview Gates estimated that the economic benefits to the world f
An outdated conspiracy video about FEMA camps and vaccines gained new life amid 2020 pandemic worries.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology received $600,000 as part of a larger five-year U.S. government grant to a U.S.-based nonprofit studying emerging infectious diseases. But President Donald Trump put the figure at $7.5 million, saying he “ended it.
President Donald Trump cast doubt on the value of influenza vaccines, saying he has never had the seasonal flu and only got a flu shot because he was required to as president. “I don’t know if I should have. Who knows?” We don’t know what pro
Are Oklahoma police planning to set up roadblocks to enforce a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination law and slap micro-chipped bracelets on people? No, this is not true: A video featuring conspiracy blogger Greg Evensen is from a 2009 speech in whic
Have thousands of children been pulled from secret pedophile bunkers and underground cities in a massive rescue operation led by President Trump and Russian President Putin? No, that's not true: It is a false conspiracy theory unsupported by r
At least four or five possible vaccines “look pretty promising,” National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins told the Associated Press.
Is the United States the only country on Earth that is protesting being on lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak? No, that's not true: There have been COVID-19 lockdown fueled protests around the world. There have been protests in France, Ger
Will Bill Gates personally profit from a COVID-19 vaccine and does he own a company that plans to implant microchips in everyone to track them? No, that's not true: Gates has spent more than $300 million of his own fortune to encourage develop
Did New York schools add a COVID-19 vaccine to the mandatory school schedule? No, that's not true. A claim warning that New York public schools have added a COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required vaccinations amid the coronavirus outbrea
Quick Take Viral posts on social media falsely claim that a House bill would “give the government the power to forcibly remove” children from their homes. That’s not true. The bill actually provides $100 billion to fund COVID-19 contact trac
Did police violently force a family from their home in handcuffs because they were in violation of House Resolution 6666? No, that's not true. The incident shown in a video is unrelated to the coronavirus or proposed legislation. It happened i
On May 1 2020, the American Institute for Economic Research reported that Woodstock was held during a pandemic — information which, in a vacuum, could pass for a charming piece of late 1960s nostalgia. But this information does not exist in a
Did Dr. Anthony Fauci serve on the board of directors of tech giant Microsoft, and was MIcrosoft co-founder Bill Gates Fauci's boss? No, this is not true. Fauci, one of the leaders on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, never served on the
Does House Resolution 6666 ban people not vaccinated for COVID-19 from entering churches, schools, and medical buildings that receive money from the legislation? No, that's not true: No provision in this proposal makes vaccinations mandatory.
Does House Resolution 6666 include billions of dollars to fund forced quarantining for Americans who test positive for COVID-19? No, that's not true: the bill earmarks funding to improve Americans' health through mobile testing units in medica
Did Did Bill Gates say that the Catholic religion may have to be suspended forever because of the COVID-19 pandemic? No, that's not true: While the billionaire philantrophist has predicted that "mass gatherings" may not return until vaccinatio
The first installment of a documentary called “Plandemic” stormed through social media this week, promising viewers on its website that the film will “expose the scientific and political elite who run the scam that is our global healt
Did Dr. Anthony Fauci disappear for days at the end of April because he had illegally sent $3.7 million to a virology lab in Wuhan, China? No that's not true. His schedule is a matter of public record, he never went MIA, and he didn't sign the
As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed in the United States, dueling opinions were politicized and bluntly split between opinions based on hard science versus economics. This ended up leading to the recirculation of a purported tweet from Elon Musk about
Country music icon Dolly Parton’s reputation for philanthropy grew in April 2020 after reports appeared of her involvement in research for an antibody treatment against COVID-19. The singer announced on her Instagram account on April 1 2020 that
Does the sign outside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation say "Center for Global Human Population Reduction?" No, that's not true. There is no such center run by Gates -- nor is there any evidence such a center exists anywhere, run by anyo
Is the U.S. government planning to force Americans to take vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic with the help of Bill Gates? No, there is no proof for that: A video from InfoWars has gone viral, asking if viewers were going to "allow y
Is it true that the flu shot did not "eradicate" the flu and, in fact, does "little to nothing at preventing the flu every year?" No, that is not true. The flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helps keep the f