Hyderabad: All the countries are in the race to formulate a vaccine for Covid-19 and Oxford vaccine seems to be the frontrunner. A message is being circulated on social media stating that Bill Gates and one Christopher Harrington had tried to patent N95 Mask.

The message reads, Kind of odd, don’t you think? In 2015, under the Obama administration, Christopher Harrington attempted to file a patent for a new design of face mask with a serial number of CV19-N95. Do those numbers look familiar to you? The patent was denied because a similar one had already been filed 6 months prior, by who?? You guessed it, Bill Gates. We are being controlled, people. Was this planned years ago?

You can view the Archived tweet here

The claim was also shared on Facebook

Fact Check:

There is no proof that Bill Gates tried to get patent of any mask and we also searched for Christopher Harrington trying for a patent to a mask, but could not find any valid evidence of the man.

When we searched further for the claim, we found an ‘ifunny’ meme page, which is used for uploading memes. In that, the maker of the meme has shared that it was independently created by him. He says, “Source: Independent research July 2020 by me, Brett Lofgreen. This is completely fake. I made this whole thing up. That’s a stock photo I found when I googled old man in suit. Also Christopher Harrington is the real name of the guy who played Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. Get it together, people. Memes aren’t news sources.”

We observed the same written in small letters in the above mentioned Facebook claim.

When we tried to search who invented the actual N95 mask, the search led us to a man called Peter Tsai. We found in 1995 he had patented the fabric used for the creation of N95 mask. He was a researcher at the University of Tennessee and retired 2 years ago.

Here is list of inventions patented by Bill Gates and those doesn’t include N95 Mask.

Hence, the claim is false.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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