Boris Johnson Meets With Bill Gates To Discuss Implementing Global Vaccine Program
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to use his presidency of the G7 next year to implement the 'health security' programme promoted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
10 Downing street gave a press release announcing Boris Johnson had met with Gates and CEOs of the ten biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. At the meeting, which had not been publicised before the event, Johnson said that "the opportunity the 2021 G7 presidency affords Britain will allow the nation to spearhead a global health plan developed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the Wellcome Trust."
Every CEO agreed to commit to providing “fair” access across the globe to the vaccine when it is ready. Johnson hailed the effort as a “new era of collaboration for problem solving,” and “pandemic preparedness,” adding that it will be a “truly global endeavor”.
The Prime Minister went on to say"world leaders should have heeded Gates’ warnings years ago, and must now work with his Foundation to prevent “something like [Covid-19] ever happening again.”
The plan was unveiled by Gates at the UN in September, where he called for overhauling big pharma’s capacity to manufacture 'vaccines and treatments'. Gates said “We’re fortunate that Prime Minister Johnson has come up with a smart plan to do just that in the UK, and our foundation will continue to work with his government and others to make it a reality”
Last week, Gates forecast that a “best case scenario” for a return to normal would be the end of 2021, a date that was qualified with the proviso, “We still don’t know whether these vaccines will succeed.” Whilst previously Gates has stated that the world won’t return to normal until “a lot of people” take a second “super-effective” coronavirus vaccine that could be years away.
The billionaire has also suggested that governments need to "brainstorm ways of reducing vaccine hesitancy" in the face of anti-vaccine “conspiracy theories”.