Bill Gates Calls For Next U.S. Stimulus Package to Fund COVID-19 Vaccination of Poor Countries
Self-proclaimed pandemic authority and Microsoft founder Bill Gates is calling for the next round of U.S. stimulus to fund billions of COVID-19 vaccinations for poor countries around the world.
Specifically, Gates would like the next stimulus package – which has been at an impasse for weeks – to make a “special allocation” to the Gavi Vaccine Alliance, an organization which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helped found and has given hundreds of millions of dollars to.
“The U.S. is a generous giver to Gavi…All the U.S. has to do is make a special allocation to Gavi to procure [COVID-19] vaccines,” Gates said in an interview during Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit on Monday. “In fact, some of the bills in Congress…have had sums of money for that international response. So we’re hopeful that when there is a stimulus bill, it will include this money to buy vaccines for the poor countries.”
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The Microsoft founder would go on to say that the funding needed would make up less 1% of the stimulus spending.
“The portion of resources required to do that is less than 1 percent of the stimulus bill, and it’ll just be amongst the various measures to help out there,” Gates said. “That would be in alignment with the U.S.’ past history of being very generous and playing a leadership role in global health.”
The U.S. has contributed 11.9% of Gavi’s operating budget between 2016-2019.
Some estimates show that the total cost to manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine to the 2 billion poorest people in the world will range somewhere between $12 billion and $16 billion.
Gates notes that both Republicans and Democrats are on the record for supporting the COVID vaccine initiative “and so we’re hopeful when there is a stimulus bill, which of course is not totally clear, that it will include this money.”
On Tuesday, Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby said “we’ll come back in November” as the Senate departs for a pre-election break with no stimulus deal in agreement.
Don’t question his push for total elimination
Gates has been criticized for vocalizing his vision of how the world must respond to the COVID-19 virus as many point to the fact that the billionaire is neither a politician nor medical doctor.
Recently, Gates said that the world won’t return to normal until we reach ‘Zero COVID’, totally eliminating the virus worldwide. As Paul Joseph Watson notes, this is a goal that represents a higher bar than for any other disease in history.
He has been battling the widespread skepticism of the push to vaccinate the world for COVID-19, calling those who question the motives “crazy” and “conspiracy theorists.”
Gates’ push for the total elimination rings similar to his stated mission to eradicate polio in places like Africa.
The United Nations had to recently admit that a Gates-funded polio vaccine initiative has been backfiring in the African countries of Chad and Sudan where scores of children are being paralyzed by a deadly strain of the pathogen derived from a live vaccine – causing a virulent of polio to spread.