The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $250 USD million toward COVID-19 research.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Saturday, July 11th, that drugs and a future vaccine to treat COVID-19 should go where they are most needed, not just to “the highest bidder,” Reuters reported.
“If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we’ll have a longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic,” Gates said (remotely) during a COVID-19 conference. “We need leaders to make these hard decisions about distributing based on equity, not just on market-driven factors.”
The World Health Organization said July 6th there were 21 candidate vaccines in clinical trials being tested on human volunteers. Public health experts have cautioned against “vaccine nationalism” —where countries vie against each other to get a potential vaccine first— which they predict would have dire consequences for both public health and the global economy.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged a total of $250 million toward COVID-19 research, “to support development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines… and help mitigate the social and economic impacts of the virus.”
Gates stepped down as Microsoft CEO in 2000 and left his full-time role at Microsoft in 2008 to focus on the foundation work. In 2015, he warned during a TED Talk that the world was not ready for a global pandemic.
more recommended stories
Lopez Obrador back in his morning press conference after only one week of testing positive for Covid
AMLO returned to his morning news.
SSP suspends clandestine party with alcohol, drugs and 30 minors in Kanasin, Yucatan
Two people were arrested for holding.
An eco-friendly way to keep street cats warm in Egypt goes viral (Watch Video)
In Giza, Egypt locals came up.
Yucatan Tourism Sector fears cancellation of conventions due to the increase in Covid-19 infections
Tourist Sector asks the population to.
Local businessmen express their interest to invest in La Plancha
Businessmen from Yucatan and Mexico confirm their.
Dispute over land leaves a seriously injured person in Halachó, Yucatan (Watch Video)
Violence breaks out in a Halachó.
Massive Icefish breeding colony discovered in Antarctica
A polar research exploration has discovered.
Tulum Hotel Association re-elects leader for three more years
David Ortiz Mena will be president.
AMLO’s new airport was built on top of the largest fossil deposit in Latin America
Scientists and army engineers have pulled.
81% of the Yucatecan population is already immunized against Covid-19
More than 1.5 million Yucatecans aged.