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Apology to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for 'Africa vaccine' story

by Staff reporter
05 Apr 2020 at 09:05hrs | Views
On Saturday, 4 April, News24 published a story under the headline "Bill Gates confident a potential coronavirus vaccine will work in Africa, but Twitter does not think so". The article made everyone believe that the philanthropist Bill Gates wanted a coronavirus vaccine tested in Africa.

The sourcing for the story was a social media post from President Cyril Ramaphosa's Twitter account about support from the philanthropist Bill Gates for South Africa's health needs. Embedded in Ramaphosa's tweet was an excerpt from an interview by The Daily Show host Trevor Noah with Gates, during which Gates details his support of efforts to fight Covid-19.

Nowhere in the interview does Gates mention testing a vaccine in Africa. In his tweet, Ramaphosa stated the businessman will support South Africa with testing kits and research.

The headline was not supported by the substance of the story and News24 has removed the article.

News24 unreservedly apologised to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for any harm caused by the publication of this false headline.

Source - news24