Back in 2020, we heard a lot about how the Gates foundation was going to help us get vaccines faster. Pre-funding plants, that sort of thing.
Speaking at the Paris Peace Forum today, Melinda Gates will commit an additional $70 million and urge accelerated global action to end pandemic for everyone, everywhere
A recent additional commitment of $250 million brings the total Gates Foundation COVID-19 investment to $1.75 billion.
But here we are. We have vaccine produced by some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms (Pfizer/BioNTech, Astrazeneca, the Serum Institute of India) and some startups (Moderna) that were already working on this sort of thing. And by the nations of Russia and China, I think. And the US government pre-funded some of that, as did some other governments, I believe.
Did Gates give anyone money to build vaccine plants? Who? How has that played out?
There’s a related question of why Gates is pressuring the world to keep vaccine patents private property, but I’d rather not get lost in the politics in this thread. I’m just trying to figure out what actually has happened, money-wise, in developing covid vaccines.