New Delhi: As, India witnesses’ extremities due to the second wave of coronavirus, the world community has started extending the possible support. From oxygen tankers to raw materials for vaccines and ventilators, India has been receiving help from innumerable nations around the globe.
Amidst all this, a shocking statement has been made by Bill Gates, tech giant, and philanthropist regarding the patents in vaccine technology.
While the entire world is busy restraining and limiting down the coronavirus and developing vaccines for it, Bill Gates is being accused of detaining the recipes of vaccines from other countries. In an interview with Sky News, Gates when asked about the possibility to change the intellectual property law to enable the sharing of vaccine recipes, clearly denied sharing the formula with the developing nations.
For his explanation part, he said that with so many vaccine factories in the world and the seriousness of people related to the safety of them. Also, moving vaccines, say from a Johnson & Johnson factory to one in India has never been done. It’s a novel process he said and can happen only because of the grants and expertise.
Adding to his previous words, Gate said that there was a reason behind holding things back in terms of the global vaccine rollout process. This situation is not like an idle vaccine factory with regulatory approval that could magically make safe vaccines for everyone. Rather, there had to be done a trial on these things, and every manufacturing process needed to be looked at and handled in a very careful way
In India, The Serum Institute of India (SII), the largest pharmaceutical institute in the country has been manufacturing COVID-19 vaccine – Covishield under a contract with AstraZeneca.
It cannot be denied that the billionaire Bill Gates, who is the founder of Microsoft has made fortune largely through the intellectual property laws that turned his computer software innovations into billions of dollars of wealth. But the statement that came from him is being criticized all over the world.