FACT-CHECK: Bill Gates Not Caught On Video Saying COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Will Change Our DNA Forever’

VERDICT: FALSE

CLAIM: A news report published by Principia Scientific in December 2020, claimed that US billionaire Bill Gates was caught on camera admitting that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine ‘he’ is developing will permanently alter human genetic makeup – DNA. The video has been seen by thousands of viewers and shared widely online.

Principia Scientific also had an embed of the said video from a YouTube Channel in its post.

FACT:

The news story claiming that Bill Gates said the COVID-19 vaccine will permanently alter the human genetic makeup is false.

Mr. Gates never said that the RNA vaccines for COVID-19, still in development, will permanently alter human DNA after its administration.

A review of the video shared by Principia Scientific for its claim shows that the clip was altered from a YouTube channel is now being shared among many Nigerians.

Fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) traced the authentic video of Bill Gates talking about vaccines on his blog, Gates Notes, and his YouTube channel. It was discovered that the video – two minutes and 29 seconds long – showed Mr. Gates speaking about the different methods of making a vaccine aside from using the RNA.

The video uploaded by the YouTube channels on Principia Scientific was doctored to exclude vital information from the original Gates’ video thus making it lack context.

Also, the CDD discovered that the video was cut from the 1:37 to 1:50 marks off the original video.

RNA VACCINES

Following the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has debunked the claim that mRNA vaccines are capable of altering the DNA of the recipient. In an explainer on its website, the CDC said “the mRNA in the COVID-19 vaccine is not able to alter or modify a person’s genetic makeup (DNA) and it does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way.”

The CDC further explained that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines.  “They teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work with the body’s natural defences to safely develop immunity to disease,” the CDC said.

New studies published in Frontiers on Immunology found that mRNAs lack the potential to integrate into the host genome and are degraded naturally.

“Basically, after the messenger molecules create antigens for the body to react to, they will naturally stop being used and break down,’’ the study said.

However, it is also important to note that Nigeria currently does not have an mRNA vaccine in circulation as the only vaccine in use in the country is the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 which is a Non-Replicating Viral Vector vaccine type.

CONCLUSION

American billionaire Bill Gates was never caught on camera admitting that the COVID-19 vaccine he is developing will permanently alter human DNA, the video was doctored.  

Also, the claim that mRNA vaccines will alter the DNA of the recipient is scientifically false.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

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