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The Coronavirus Collection: The Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates and their namesake foundation have been at the center of a hurricane of conspiracy theories.

Published Jun 11, 2020

Bill and Melinda Gates during their visit to the Oslo Opera House in June 2009. (Wikimedia Commons/Kjetil Ree CC BY-SA 3.0) (Wikimedia Commons/Kjetil Ree CC BY-SA 3.0)
Bill and Melinda Gates during their visit to the Oslo Opera House in June 2009. (Wikimedia Commons/Kjetil Ree CC BY-SA 3.0)

As rumors spread about the COVID-19 coronavirus disease pandemic in early 2020, an unlikely scapegoat emerged. Bill and Melinda Gates, longtime foes of anti-vaccine activists because of the Gates Foundation's work in public health, became the center of a storm of misinformation and rumors. Snopes dug into the conspiracy theories.

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