Bill Gates on Vaccines

Bill Gates has done more to combat vaccine-preventable diseases than just about anyone.

Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and their efforts to create and fund the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), and the Decade of Vaccines, millions of lives have been saved from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Unfortunately, some people only know him for a conspiracy theory about population control through vaccines, misinterpreting the following statement he made during a 2010 TED Talk:

First, we’ve got population. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent…

Does that mean that new vaccines are going to help lower our population growth by killing or sterilizing people?

Or course not.

It means that, new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, will help children survive longer, contrary to what you would expect, will help to reduce population growth.

How?

Consider my great-grandmother. She had twelve children, but only four survived. And we continue to see this in developing countries, where very high rates of infant mortality lead parents to have a lot of kids, in the hopes that a few survive to adulthood.

And that’s where Bill Gates’ statement comes in. “If we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services,” more kids survive and people have fewer kids.

There is no conspiracy about depopulation or vaccine crimes.

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