Fact Check: No, Bill Gates Has NOT Called For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines; Here’s The Truth

A post is doing rounds on social media claiming that Bill Gates has called for withdrawal of all COVID-19 vaccines.

“Bill Gates calls for the withdrawal of all covid vaccines. OPINION– In a shocking announcement, Bill Gates, billionaire Microsoft co-founder and the major force behind the COVID-19 vaccines, called for all the COVID-19 genetic-based vaccines to be taken off the market immediately. In an often anguished 19-minute televised speech, Gates said: “We made a terrible mistake. We wanted to protect people against a dangerous virus. But it turns out the virus is much less dangerous than we thought. And the vaccine is far more dangerous than anyone imagined,” the Facebook post read.

Here’s the link to the post. Other links can be seen here, here, here and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

We ran a Google search but did not find any credible media report corroborating the claim.

Moreover, while looking for more such posts on Facebook, we found that some users had shared the same news with a screengrab of an article by ‘Daily Expose’.

Taking a cue from this, we found the original article on Daily Expose website, where it was clearly mentioned that the article is a piece of satire.

“SATIRE – In an alternative universe Bill Gates has called for the withdrawal of all Covid-19 Vaccines,” the headline read.

A note at the beginning of the article clarified that it is fictional. “The following satire is fictional in that Mr. Gates has made no such speech and the Gates Foundation has not established any funds to compensate vaccine victims or to make available effective, inexpensive COVID-19 remedies. All the rest of the article is factual – W. Gelles,” the note read.

The article also had a note from the editor, which read, “When we first published this article we should have made it clear at the beginning that it was satire rather than at the end. We did not do this and we apologise…”.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the viral news is a satirical piece and is being falsely shared as real news.

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