Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Saturday that drugs and a future vaccine to treat COVID-19 should go where they are needed most, not just “the highest bidder,” Reuters reported.
“If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of the people and places where they are most needed, we will have a longer, more unfair and more deadly pandemic,” said Gates (from a distance). during a COVID -19 conference. “We need leaders to make these difficult decisions about distribution based on equity, not just market factors.
The World Health Organization said on July 6 that 21 candidate vaccines in clinical trials were being tested on human volunteers. Public health experts have warned of “vaccine nationalism” – where countries compete for each other to get a potential vaccine first – which they say has dire consequences for public health and Mondial economy.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged a total of $ 250 million for COVID-19 research, “to support the development of diagnostics, therapies and vaccines … and help mitigate the social and economic impacts of the virus.” “
Gates resigned as CEO of Microsoft in 2000 and left his full-time position at Microsoft in 2008 to focus on foundation work. In 2015, he warned at a TED conference that the world was not ready for a global pandemic.