A convicted monopolist is a vaccine monopolist. Who could have predicted this 🤔
Bill Gates has said 'NO' to patent sharing during a pandemic. Why? Because places like India are 'unsafe'. But, uh, India manufactures over 60% of the world's vaccines now. Are they unsafe? Gates knows all this, so you have to take his statements for what they are. Racist dog-whistles. Gates is cynically using racism against 'dirty' places like India to preserve drug company monopolies. You know, the sort of monopolies he was prosecuted for.
Monopolists going to monopolize, and this ain't Internet Explorer. This is getting people killed.
Just listen to Gates statements here and tell me this is anything but rank racism. After the fold, I'll help you read between the lines.
SKY NEWS: There's been some speculation that the changing intellectual property rules and allowing these vaccines, as you say, the recipe for these vaccines to be shared, would be helpful. And do you think that would be helpful?
BILL GATES: No.
SKY: Why not?
GATES: Well, there's only so many vaccine factories in the world and people are very serious about the safety of vaccines. And so moving something that had never been done moving a vaccine from say a J&J factory into a factory in India, that, it's novel. It's only because of our grants and our expertise that can happen at all.
The thing that's holding things back in this case is not intellectual property, there's not like some idle vaccine factory with regulatory approval that makes magically safe vaccines.
This is some real cynical shit. Gates knows better, he's just playing to the fact that his audience doesn't. He knows that India safely manufactures most of the world's vaccines, including for J&J. He also knows that his audience doesn't know, and he's playing to that ignorant racism. He's branding India as 'unsafe', a racist dog-whistle if I've ever heard one. It's absolutely appalling. He has no principles beyond profit. This is why billionaires laundering their wealth through philanthropy is so corrosive. The blood money doesn't wash out. It just spreads blood stains across the world.
Let's go through the lies and whistles one-by-infuriating-one. Gates is doing two things here. He's saying somethings that are true, some things that are patently false, and whistling such a racist Dixie that even dead dogs can hear.