Fact-checked by: Correctiv

2020/01/27 | Germany

Mostly false: New strain of virus was already patented; Bill Gates funds institute which holds patent; Bill Gates predicted the outbreak and 65 Million Deaths.

Explanation: There are many patents for coronaviruses, but those are for different strains, not the one that recently broke out in China. Bill Gates has not predicted the outbreak.

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