Fauci has not served on Microsoft’s board of directors
CLAIM: Dr. Fauci has sat on Microsoft’s board of directors with Bill Gates as his boss.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has never served on Microsoft’s board of directors.
THE FACTS: Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become the target of misinformation as he oversees the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest posts are trying to link Fauci to Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, who has long been a target for his work around vaccines.
“I bet you didn’t know Dr. Fauci sat on MicroSoft’s Board of Directors- and that Bill Gates - was his Boss...Now did, ya,” the text posts online say.
Posts with the false claim circulated widely on social media, with posts on Facebook shared thousands of times.
Microsoft confirmed to The Associated Press that Fauci has not served on Microsoft’s board.
While Fauci has not served on the Microsoft board of directors, he has collaborated with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation announced in 2010 that Fauci would serve on the Leadership Council for the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration. The effort was part of the foundation’s Global Vaccine Action Plan, which the leadership council would oversee.
On the Gates Foundation website, it shows that Fauci also participated on a board in 2003 with other medical officials and scientists to help the Gates Foundation with their work around AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
Fauci and Bill Gates have also been pictured together when the National Institutes of Health partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a workshop on global health in 2018.
This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.
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