Melinda Gates sees US government donating COVID-19 vaccine doses soon

Melinda Gates sees US government donating COVID-19 vaccine doses soon

FILE PHOTO: Melinda Gates, co-founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks during an United Nations’ Every Woman, Every Child news conference in New York September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Pearl Gabel

LONDON Melinda French Gates, co-founder of one of the world’s largest private charitable foundations, expects the United States government will soon weigh up how much of their vaccine supply to donate bilaterally and through the global COVAX program.

“I think the U.S. government is looking at their supply of vaccine and deciding, okay how much should we do through COVAX, how much should we do bilaterally, so I think you’re going to start to see some movement there,” Gates said in an interview with the Financial Times broadcast on Tuesday.

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Her remarks were recorded before an announcement on Monday that she and her husband, Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates would divorce after 27 years.

Gates said wealthy nations did not need to vaccinate down to their teen populations before they started sharing doses with low-income countries.

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