- 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.
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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.
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"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."
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Earlier, YEN.com.gh shared that a Ghanaian nurse who works at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and contracted COVID-19 whilst performing her duties has narrated that she takes trotro on a regular basis.
The nurse, simply identified as Abena, made the shocking revelation in an interview with Starr FM's, Francis Abban, according to Starrfm.com.gh.
Abena explained that she was given the option to be admitted to the hospital or self-isolate at home, but because of the fear of being charged after her admission, she opted to isolate at home.
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