In her opinion, this does not need to wait until the entire population is vaccinated.
Melinda Gates, the co-founder of one of the largest private charitable foundations in the world, believes that the US government will soon decide how much of its stockpile of vaccines it is willing to donate to other countries on a bilateral basis and as part of the global COVAX initiative.
Gates noted that governments are beginning to recognize the need to vaccinate the entire world to end the pandemic.
“I think the US government is now evaluating its vaccine stocks and deciding how much to transfer under COVAX or bilaterally, so I think we’ll see some movement in that direction,” she said in an interview with the Financial Times.
According to Gates, rich countries do not need to wait until the entire population is vaccinated, right down to teenagers, before they start sharing doses with lower-income countries. She suggests setting a certain age range, from 20 to 30 years.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the most influential organizations in global public health and last year allocated about $ 1.75 billion to fight COVID-19. The Gates couple will continue to run the foundation together.
Gates also noted that technology transfer should be encouraged. “Today, the main problem is related to production,” she said. – We don’t have enough raw materials, not enough production capacity in the right places, which allows countries that have their own production to accumulate stocks of vaccines, so we need to fix this.”