- 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
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.
Briefly.co.za 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.
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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