Bill Gates Opposed to Distributing Vaccines Worldwide
With calls for the distribution of coronavirus vaccines internationally, Bill Gates disagrees with immediate action taking place.
Following the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in response to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, Gates is accused of withholding vaccine recipes from developing nations due to his response in a recent interview.
“Bill Gates says no to sharing vaccine formulas with global poor to end pandemic,” one headline reads. “Bill Gates under fire for saying vaccine formulas shouldn’t be shared with developing world.”
Gates Discussed Pandemic Impact in 2016
Bill Gates has advocated for pandemic preparedness for years and famously gave a TED talk in 2015 that warned of the potentially staggering death toll a worldwide pandemic could create.
Save Lives or Protect Intellectual Property?
During the interview, Gates was asked if it would be helpful to change intellectual property law to enable “the recipe for these vaccines to be shared.”
Gates answers, “No,” which by itself could be interpreted as him standing up for intellectual property law and refusing to share vaccine formulas with developing nations. But then Gates goes on to answer the inevitable follow-up question: “Why not?”
In fact, Gates said, it is due to the complexity of manufacturing safe vaccines.
“There are only so many vaccine factories in the world, and people are very serious about the safety of vaccines,” he said. “The thing that’s holding things back, in this case, isn’t intellectual property. It’s not like there’s some idle vaccine factory with regulatory approval that makes magically safe vaccines. You’ve gotta do the trials on these things. And every manufacturing process has to be looked at in a very careful way.”
“We got all the rights from the vaccine companies,” he said. “They didn’t hold it back, they were participating.”
Despite debates about vaccine distribution, people are still dying from the virus in America and abroad.