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Bill Gates Bets on Solution to Vaccine Nationalism: Mass Output

  • Capacity of 1-2 billion doses would ease scramble for supply
  • Gates joins Gavi and governments in tackling Covid-19 crisis
Bill Gates
Bill GatesPhotographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates sees a way to ensure that poorer regions won’t be left behind in the rush for Covid-19 vaccines: invest in factories all over the world to produce billions of doses.

Gates is focusing on the most promising vaccine candidates, committing funds to help ensure production capacity is ready even before any have proven to work. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also helping purchase potential shots for low-income countries with $100 million for an effort led by nonprofit Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.