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Fact Check-Bill Gates video clip is about global elimination of COVID-19, not people

Social media users are sharing a cropped clip of Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates talking about “global elimination” and claiming that he is referring to population control via the elimination of people. A longer video shows that Gates is talking about the global elimination of the COVID-19 virus.

Examples of the video circulating on social media can be seen here , here , and here .

In the clip, Gates says: “To achieve this goal of global elimination, we need three things. The capacity to produce billions of vaccines, the funding to pay for them and the systems to deliver them everywhere.”

The original video seen in the clip was shared by Gates Foundation on its Twitter page in Sept. 2020 (here), with the text: “The only way to eliminate the threat of COVID-19 somewhere is to eliminate it everywhere. To achieve this goal of global elimination we need three things: 1. The capacity to produce billions of vaccines 2. The funding to pay for them 3. The systems to deliver them everywhere.” The clip circulating on social media begins around 30 seconds in, cutting out the context that Gates is talking about the COVID-19 virus.

Reuters Fact Check has previously debunked claims that Gates is planning for population control and the COVID-19 pandemic here , here and here .

VERDICT

Missing context. The video shows a cropped clip of Bill Gates speaking about globally eliminating COVID-19.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  .         

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