Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said Covid-19 has “set back” public health efforts, reducing food distribution and inflating prices. Speaking to BBC World’s Larry Madowo, he said richer countries including the US had not yet done enough to make sure that vaccines will be available for all when ready for distribution.
But he also highlighted the “good news” that research and trials had been well funded.
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When asked about vaccine conspiracy theories that had been circulating, he said he was “worried and surprised” by them.
Larry Madowo is a Kenyan journalist who is a US Correspondent for the BBC. He has been a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University in New York and the BBC Africa Business Editor.
He is a reporter, broadcaster, writer and news anchor whose range includes business, technology, current affairs, politics and popular culture. His work has been featured on major global outlets including the BBC, CNN International, the Washington Post, and the Guardian.
Bill Gates is disappointed and worried about all the coronavirus vaccine conspiracy theories about him. I know because I asked him.— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) September 16, 2020
Our full conversation: https://t.co/BHyZoxkTrD pic.twitter.com/yh4TYDkrPO