Bill Gates Concerns about the effects of the unsubstantiated anti-Vaxxer conspiracy theories against him and Dr. Anthony Fauci who performed during the Coronavirus pandemicand tell CNBC that they can undermine confidence in public health strategies.
In an interview that aired on Wednesday “Squawk Box” Gates said the false claims about him and Fauci, the country’s foremost infectious disease experts, could have repercussions on the public’s taking measures like vaccines and face covers that can slow down the transmission of the virus.
“The entire digital media space, where people deal with the bad news, the pandemic, has sparked many conspiracy theories,” said the billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft Co-founder said. “And the two people most affected are Dr. Fauci and I in relation to ‘Do we have a malicious reason to believe that vaccines are important in general?'”
“This is unfortunate, especially if it undermines wearing the mask or if it undermines if the vaccine is approved … [how] People not only protect themselves but also their loved ones, protect the community by participating in something that has been proven safe? “added Gates, whose charitable foundation has contributed millions of dollars to research into coronavirus vaccines and treatments.
Gates’ interview ran a day later Facebook announced that it would implement a new global policy that forbids any advertising trying to stop people from getting vaccinations. Previously, the social media giant’s policy restricted ads for vaccines singled out by health groups like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gates said he didn’t speak to Fauci about the conspiracy theories because “neither he nor I know how to stop it”. But Gates said he and his staff im Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Have regular discussions with the director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases about developing therapies for Covid-19.
“”[Fauci] and I’m talking about the antibody studies. The foundation’s scientific team calls him regularly because he sees company innovations that we are not. We see things that he doesn’t see because we have a global view, “said Gates.” It’s helpful collaboration we’ve always had. “
Gates also lamented the US response to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly the lack of support from the scientific community. “Most governments take advantage of their scientists and listen to them. They don’t undermine and attack them,” he told CNBC.
He wondered why some people in the US put so much back on masks. “We tell people to wear clothes. I don’t consider it an extremely important matter of freedom that there is another part of your body, at least for the duration of the pandemic. We ask you to cover most of them up all the time . “