Covid-19 vaccine: Bill Gates conspiracies abound as SA trial announced

Covid-19 vaccine: Bill Gates conspiracies abound as SA trial announced

- South Africa is officially about to begin trials for a Covid-19 vaccine

- The trial is being carried out as a collaboration between Wits University and Oxford University

- While many are hopeful that the trial will yield positive results, many were convinced that Bill Gates was somehow involved

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South Africans, for the most part, are cautiously optimistic that the Covid-19 vaccine trial kicking off in Mzansi this week will help find a solution to the global pandemic. reported that Wits University was partnering with Oxford University in a bid to test the vaccine on African soil.

After plenty of uproar over Africa being used as a 'testing ground' for a possible vaccine, many were unimpressed to hear the news.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who has a history of funding research into viruses much like Covid-19, has once again been drawn into the debate.

Some people expressed the view that the trial was a 'front' with one of the richest men in the world behind it.

Bill Gates has become “a kind of abstract boogeyman” - according to Whitney Phillips, an assistant professor at New York’s Syracuse University.

The billionaire, who has thus far donated $250 million to efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, has been the centre of several conspiracy theorists' stories.

The announcement that a vaccine would indeed be tested in Africa after all has seen these theories once again surfacing on social media.

Take a look at just a few reactions to the news of the trial in South Africa:

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