Fact-Checking Robert Kennedy Jr’s (False) Claims About India’s Pulse Polio Vaccination Program & Gates Foundation

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FALSE CLAIM 1 — BILL GATES DONATED $450 Million to India’s National Technical Advisory Group

FACT 1 — In 2017, Gates Foundation Pledged $450 Million to Global Polio Eradication Initiative NOT India’s NTAGI.

FALSE CLAIM 2 — India’s National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) has mandated up to 50 doses

FACT 2 — In 2004, The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare not Bill Gates recommended eight to ten doses for each child as it became clear that in states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar three doses of polio vaccine were not enough to develop immunity against polio.

FALSE CLAIM 3 — Indian doctors blame Gates Foundation for causing paralysis in 490,000 children.

FACT 3 — NOWHERE IN THE RESEARCH PAPER DO DOCTORS BLAME GATES FOUNDATION. IN FACT, THERE IS NO MENTION OF BILL GATES OR GATES FOUNDATION IN THEIR RESEARCH.

FALSE CLAIM 4 — In 2017, the Indian government dialled back Gates’ vaccine regimen and asked Gates and his vaccine policies to leave India.

FACT 4 — Gates Foundation continues to work in India and fund various projects including polio vaccination. Government of India debunked the false rumours of expelling Gates Foundation with a press release contradicting false media claims.

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Final Notes — Gates Foundation

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