FACT-CHECK: Bill Gates Did Not Say “Next Pandemic Is Coming After COVID-19”

VERDICT: Misleading Headline

CLAIM: On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a headline on MSNBC’s YouTube channel, which trendedon several WhatsApp groups, claiming that Bill Gates had warned that a “Next Pandemic” is coming after COVID-19. 

FACT:

Investigations by CDD fact-checkers show that Bill Gates did not state that the “Next Pandemic” is coming but urged the world to be ready as there would be another pandemic.

 He said in response to a question on the key steps to take concerning the pandemic:

“We have to do two things at once, We have to bring this epidemic to an end primarily by getting the vaccine out in large numbers to the entire world and we have to make sure we are ready because there will be another pandemic,” Mr. Gates said in the interview.

However, MSNBC’s headline suggests that Mr. Gates had warned that there would be another pandemic immediately after COVID-19.

While it is a known fact that there would always be a pandemic, it is not a known fact that another pandemic would occur after COVID-19. Most importantly, Bill Gates did not in his statement say so too.

Mr. Gates is among the leading few advocating for global vaccination against Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. His call for vaccination has lead to a backlash from several quarters including religious leaders across the globe. He  has been a subject of several conspiracy theories, including the aim to depopulate the world

CONCLUSION

The MSNBC headline report that Bill Gates had warned that a “Next Pandemic is coming after COVID-19″ is misleading.

The CDD urges the media on accurate reporting, avoiding sensational headline and members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially on social media.

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