Gates: Leaders must ensure everyone has access to Covid-19 treatments

Gates: Leaders must ensure everyone has access to Covid-19 treatments

- Bill Gates has called for Covid-19 medication to be readily available to everyone, not just the 'highest bidder'

- The billionaire insists that allowing the market to control where relief goes would only prolong the pandemic

- The philanthropist called on world leaders to have an honest discussion to ensure that distribution is fair

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Billionaire Bill Gates has called for Covid-19 drugs and the vaccine that will eventually be approved to be evenly distributed around the world.

In a press release the billionaire insisted that allowing money to dictate where relief ended up would prolong the world-wide pandemic:

"If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we'll have a longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic.

Gates pleaded that leaders should ensure everyone had access regardless of the available funding:

"We need leaders to make these hard decisions about distributing based on equity, not just on market-driven factors."

There is evidently increasing concern that the world's richest nations would seize the opportunity to capitalise off of any viable treatments, elbowing poorer nations out of an end to the pandemic.

Gates explained that the HIV/ Aids crisis was proof of what can be achieved when the world unites under the banner of a common goal.

"One of the best lessons in the fight against HIV/Aids is the importance of building this large, fair global distribution system to get the drugs out to everyone."

Bill Gates
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READ ALSO: Bill Gate raises concerns coronavirus could 'overwhelm' Africa

Earlier, reported that Gates had previously raised concerns that Covid-19 could overwhelm the African continent.

The Microsoft founder expressed his concerns that African health systems could become overwhelmed by the outbreak, believing the virus is a greater threat than Ebola:

“This disease, if it’s in Africa it’s more dramatic than if it’s in China, even though I’m not trying to minimise what’s going on in China in any way. Will this get into Africa or not and if so, will those health systems be overwhelmed?"

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