Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates confirmed on Wednesday he tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.
“I’ve tested positive for COVID. I’m experiencing mild symptoms and am following the experts’ advice by isolating until I’m healthy again,” Gates said on Twitter.
I’ve tested positive for COVID. I’m experiencing mild symptoms and am following the experts’ advice by isolating until I’m healthy again.
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 10, 2022
Gates’ global health charity organization the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had pledged in January a $150 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to fund its COVID-19 pandemic response.
The foundation’s pledge comes on top of hundreds of millions committed to the global response to the coronavirus pandemic including support to vaccine makers, and diagnostics and treatments developers.
Bill Gates has been the subject of many conspiracy theories involving the origin of COVID-19, with rumours on the internet alleging that the billionaire created the virus to try to control people and profit from the virus.
The co-founder of the Bill Gates foundation has dismissed all of those allegations as “crazy conspiracy theories” in multiple interviews over the past two years.