Covid-19 harshly affected many countries including the world supremes like United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, etc. Many nations recovered from the pandemic after losing millions of lives but still, there are countries like India facing the second wave of the unseen pandemic.
India is now facing the worst of the Sars Covid-2 or Covid-19. There are currently 18.8M cases with 15.4M recovered and 208K deaths. The numbers are increasing at a staggering rate due to a shortage of vaccines, ventilator beds, and oxygen.
The world elites like the United States and the United Kingdom had stated their decision not to share their vaccines with other nations even if they have the supply of vaccines more than 3 times the demand.
Even though the world supremes held back their helping hands, countries like UAE, France, Russia, Germany came forward to support a nation like India by sending production plants, ventilators, raw materials for making vaccines, etc.
US Tech giant Google and retail giant Amazon along with private equity firm Blackstone Group Inc. joined the fight with India and extended their support.
As the situation worsens, Tech magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates made a controversial statement regarding the patents in vaccine technology and is stirring quite a lot of controversies.
The entire world is involved in containing the coronavirus and developing vaccines for it. But, amid this massive crisis, Bill Gates is being accused of withholding vaccine recipes from other countries.
Bill Gates in an interview with Sky News was asked if it would be possible to change the intellectual property law so as to allow the developing nations to get access to the already developed Covid Vaccine recipes, he clearly denied sharing the formulas with developing nations.
“Well, there’s only so many vaccine factories in the world and people are very serious about the safety of vaccines. And moving something that had never been done — moving vaccine, say, a from a (Johnson & Johnson) factory into a factory in India — it’s novel — it’s only because of our grants and expertise that can happen at all.”, said the tech magnate.
The reason behind holding “things back” in terms of global vaccine rollout, continued Bill Gates, “is not intellectual property. It’s not like there’s some idle vaccine factory, with regulatory approval, that makes magically safe vaccines. You know, you’ve got to do the trail on these things. Every manufacturing process needs to be looked at in a very careful way.”
The Microsoft founder has faced many lashes for making such a statement at a time when nations are gasping with the massive COVID-19 crisis.