South African comedian Trevor Noah has revealed that he received death threats after an interview he did with Bill Gates about the coronavirus
The Daily Show host interviewed Bill several days ago to discuss what he was doing to help fight the deadly outbreak.
During the interview, Trevor mentioned a Ted Talk that the billionaire did in 2015 titled, The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready.
Bill noted that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed thousands, but he believed that an even bigger catastrophe was on its way.
“As awful as this epidemic has been, the next one could be much worse. The world is simply not prepared to deal with a disease – an especially virulent flu, for example – that infects large numbers of people very quickly. Of all the things that could kill 10 million people or more, by far the most likely is an epidemic,” the businessman said in 2015.
The old Ted Talk went viral after the coronavirus outbreak, with many claiming that the billionaire knew Covid-19 was going to happen.
Some conspiracy theorists went as far as claiming that the Microsoft founder invented the virus.
Speaking to Trevor, Bill clarified that he didn’t know when the next pandemic would hit or that it would be the coronavirus
“The goal of the talk was to encourage governments to make the investments so we can respond very quickly and keep the case numbers very low… because we didn’t use that time – when it was [clearly] the biggest threat to kill millions of people – to have the diagnostics standing by, to be ready to ramp up a vaccine factory… those things didn’t get done and that’s why it’s taking us a long time to get our act together faced with this threat,” the 64-year-old said.
A few days after Trevor’s interview with Bill Gates, News24 published a story with the headline, “Bill Gates confident a potential coronavirus vaccine will work in Africa, but Twitter does not think so”.
Twitter users believed that the American businessman wanted to test a coronavirus vaccine in Africa despite countries in Europe having far more cases and deaths.
“Why does @BillGates want to start with his “Vaccines” in Africa not Italy, Asia, Spain or America?” one Twitter user asked.
Another user added: “As an African, I join others in condemning Bill Gates and his friends in wanting to test the so-called #Covid19 #vaccine here. Let them try that in the USA, UK, Spain and Italy. Africa is not a test lab … Haaaaak!”
#DearMrPresident Cyril Ramaphosa
As an African, I join others in condemning Bill Gates and his friends in wanting to test the so-called #Covid19 #vaccine here. Let them try that in the USA, UK, Spain and Italy. Africa is not a test lab … Haaaaak! pic.twitter.com/CnmgKxUxvK
— Tlotliso Mphuthi 🇿🇦🇮🇱🇱🇸 (@TlotlisoM_) April 5, 2020
News24 apologised for the story on its website
The media house said that “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”.
The apology further read: “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.”
Trevor retweeted News24’s apology from the publication’s official Twitter account.
“Now I see why I’ve been getting death threats for interviewing Bill,” the comedian wrote.
Now I see why I’ve been getting death threats for interviewing Bill. 😢 https://t.co/3UIeYQi2z0
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) April 5, 2020
Trevor also slammed Twitter users claiming that Bill wanted to test a vaccine in Africa.
“Where in this entire interview do you hear either of us saying a vaccine will be tested in Africa? Are you confusing us with those French doctors or are you just trying to get retweets?”
Where in this entire interview do you hear either of us saying a vaccine will be tested in Africa? Are you confusing us with those French doctors or are you just trying to get retweets? https://t.co/eeqEIZWVPx
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) April 4, 2020
Despite Trevor setting the record straight, it seems that many people are still convinced that a Bill Gates vaccine will be tested in Africa
“You and your rich friends bribed news24 because your plan is falling apart, announce on daily show that African has its plan to fight corona we don’t need you at least for now, “one Twitter user wrote.
You and your rich friends bribed news24 because your plan is falling apart, announce on daily show that African has its plan to fight corona we don’t need you atleast for now pic.twitter.com/QFltzAYgUe
— Thabiso🇿🇦 (@Thabiso_Inno) April 5, 2020
Another user added: “Don’t pretend to be confused Trevor, you know exactly what you had planned.”
Don’t pretend to be confused Trevor, you know exactly what you had planned.
— BabaTJ (@izzydub10) April 5, 2020
Here’s a look at what others had to say.
They used Trevor Noah to be the one talking to Bill Gates because it is a strategy. Trevor is a South African and an African supported by many people. Be awake Africans we are already been sold out 🤞🤞😍😰 pic.twitter.com/3krAVUZMUD
— The Scouter⚽❤️ (@DMlamla) April 4, 2020
First People the Vaccine must be tested On: ?? ??
1. Trevor Noah
2. Bill Gates Family
3. Cyril Ramaphosa
4. Pravin Gordhan
5. Fikile Mbalula
6. De Klerk
8. Rupert and Oppenheimer
9. Julius Malema
10. AKA#Vaccine #Day10ofLockdown pic.twitter.com/xpl44Pt7k1
— iVenda Lase Mlazi (@Oscar_T_Hamese) April 5, 2020
just saw Trevor Noah interviewing Bill Gates. Literally dropped my jaw. Trevor who’s comedian, has more coherent questions than most news channel, and Bill Gates.. what can i say, the US got wrong billionaire to be the president.
— Anthony Bram (@abramkadabramm) April 3, 2020