https://www.indiatoday.in/technolog...he-said-and-why-he-said-it-1798357-2021-05-03 Even though Gates cited security issues and said it would be too expensive to share the Covid 19 vaccine patents with developing countries, several reports have highlighted the profit-making aspect of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the face of the pandemic. India Today Tech New Delhi May 3, 2021 HIGHLIGHTS Bill Gates has refused to share Covid 19 vaccine tech with developing countries like India. He cited security issues and said it would not be feasible to share Covid 19 vaccine patents with India. He claimed that even if it (vaccine tech sharing) happens in developing nations, it is because of "our grants and expertise." Tech bigwig and Microsoft founder Bill Gates attracted criticism after a recent interview in which he expressed his reluctance in sharing Covid-19 vaccine technologies with developing countries like India. Even though Gates cites security issues and said it would be too expensive to share the vaccine patents with developing countries, several reports have highlighted the profit-making side of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the face of the pandemic. In a recent interview, Gates was asked if it would be better to share intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines with developing countries, to which he replied by saying a straight "No." In 2015, Gates had warned the world of a pandemic in a TED talk. He had said that a pandemic would take place in the next decade and that it would kill over 30 million people in six months, similar to the 1918 pandemic that killed over 50 million people. "The world needs to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way it prepares for war," Gates said during his TED talk. What followed was conspiracy theories which suggest that it was Gates who introduced the virus in a lab, and some even claimed that Bill Gates has developed a vaccine that would control and even depopulate the world through a microchip. Gates rubbished these theories calling them stupid. Gates had noted that their foundation gets money to buy vaccines, and so it was necessary to speak about the dangers of the pandemic. Now, Gates, in an interview, has said something that not only did not go down well with his critics but also the general public. What Bill Gates said when he was asked if Covid-19 vaccine tech should be shared with developing countries "The thing that's holding things back, in this case, is not intellectual property It's not like there's some idle vaccine factory, with regulatory approval, that makes magically safe vaccines," Gates was quoted as saying. Reports and critics see this as a selfish move noting that denying vaccine patents or formula to developing nations would make it possible for developing countries to inoculate people with cheaper vaccines. Gates' justification for not sharing vaccine tech with developing countries: Gates justified his opinion of not sharing vaccine tech with developing countries by saying that it would not be feasible for a company to move vaccines to a developing nation. Here he specified India and that not all countries are concerned about moving the safety of a vaccine. He claimed that even if it happens, it is because of "our grants and expertise." Gates said, "There's only so many vaccine factories in the world, and people are very serious about the safety of vaccinesMoving a vaccine, say, from a (Johnson & Johnson) factory into a factory in India, it's novel, it's only because of our grants and expertise that can happen at all." India produced and exported vaccines with the help of tech transfer India produced vaccines with the help of tech transfer between Serum Institute of India and Oxford's partner, the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca even before the clinical trials began in India last year. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed India's vaccine exports as the best asset against the pandemic. This contradicts Gates' views on sharing tech transfer with developing nations. The Indian government also supplied the vaccine to over 70 countries. Gates prevented the open distribution of vaccines: Reports have noted that Gates' comments highlight the profit-making aspect in the face of the pandemic. Critics have also noted how the tech bigwig tried to influence the ignorant audience with false claims calling it "vaccine racism." Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $300 million to fight Covid 19 and develop a vaccine. According to reports, the foundation's $40 million-worth stake in CureVac alone has delivered profits in tens of millions of dollars. A report by Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network Ltd (AFTINET) notes that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's involvement in the partnership between the University Oxford and AstraZeneca prevented the vaccine from having an open distribution model.