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Gates Foundation donates $10 billion for vaccines in developing countries

January 29, 2010 |  4:45 pm

Bill and Melinda Gates announced today in Davos, Switzerland, that their foundation would donate $10 billion over the next 10 years to help research, develop and deliver vaccines to the world's poorest countries. The donation could save as many as 8 million children by the end of the decade, experts said. The new funds are in addition to the $4.5 billion that the Gates have donated to vaccine research and delivery in the past. Billgates

The donation comes only a day after the publication of research reports showing the success of a new vaccine against rotavirus-induced diarrhea in developing countries. Introduction of that vaccine alone is expected to save 2 million lives over the next decade. Add in a new vaccine against pneumonia and increasing distribution of vaccines already in use and the total lives saved could reach 7.6 million by 2020. Rapid introduction of a new malaria vaccine expected in 2014 could add 1.1 million children to the total.

"We must make this the decade of vaccines," said Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one of the world's richest men. "Vaccines already save and improve millions of lives in developing countries. Innovation will make it possible to save more children than ever before."

-- Thomas H. Maugh II

Bill Gates vaccinates a child against polio in India. Photo credit: Gates Foundation / Prashat Panjiar

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Vaccines contain mercury (Thimerisol) and squalene, among many toxins, which damage one's health and dna. They are "soft kill" weapons designed to bring down population numbers. Gates' father is (or was) a leader of the Planned Parenthood movement (ie, abortion). Now, one can say "maybe lowering the population by a few billion is for the greater good of humanity." The fact remains. If they want to save kids in Africa, hand out mosquito nets to save them from malaria. That will save millions, guaranteed.

"Washington, DC ( -- Some of the richest people in the world met secretly in New York recently and talked about their favorite causes. The group, which includes some of the most well-known business people in the world, adopted population control, which would undoubtedly include abortion, as their main cause.

The London Times indicates the rich elites spend 15 minutes each during the meeting talking about their favorite passions and issues and, led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, they adopted reducing the world's population as the main issue to put their money behind.

Jay - your post is both inaccurate and irresponsible.

Although it is true that vaccines used to contain Thimerosol, a preservative used to decrease the risk of infection at the site of injection, it was removed from vaccines several years ago. Further, there has been no link between the mercury contained in thimerosol (ethyl mercury) and any neurotoxic effects as this compound does not cross the blood brain barrier and is hardly absorbed by the body.

Thimerosol was removed from vaccines because of concerns that it may have been contributing to the rise in autism; however this has largely been refuted in MANY studies, and rates of autism have continued to rise despite removing thimerosol from vaccines. This is likely multifactorial, but has much to do with our increasing rates of early detection and diagnosis secondary to increased awareness among both parents and pediatricians.

What damages one's health are the numerous life-threatening illnesses that we are fortunate enough to be able to prevent here in the US as we have abundant supplies of vaccines. Please check your facts before you scare people away from our amazing ability to prevent death and disability.

LA Pediatrician - thank you! The Gates' generous donation is going to save the lives of millions of children. It is so easy for someone to spread misinformation and fear, based on absolutely no evidence, as jay is doing.


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