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This post was published on 01/03/11 in Science.

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  1. Comment by Cybertiger, 02/03/11, 10:58:

    Here is an fascinating video between the ‘Master’ (Good ol’ Bill Gates) and CNN’s Sanjay Gupta MD,


    The following opening dialogue was particularly interesting.

    “Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Ten billion dollars [pledged] over the next 10 years to make it “the year of the vaccines.” What does that mean exactly?

    Bill Gates: Over this decade, we believe unbelievable progress can be made, in both inventing new vaccines and making sure they get out to all the children who need them. We could cut the number of children who die every year from about 9 million to half of that, if we have success on it. We have to do three things in parallel: Eradicate the few that fit that profile — ringworm and polio; get the coverage up for the vaccines we have; and then invent the vaccines — and we only need about six or seven more — and then you would have all the tools to reduce childhood death, reduce population growth, and everything — the stability, the environment — benefits from that.”

    Reducing population growth? What can ‘Good ol’ Bill’ possibly mean? The rest of the interview was entrancing too … especially the bit about Andrew Wakefield … and other child killers …

  2. Comment by Ant, 22/03/11, 02:57:

    cybertiger. Regarding your question on reducing population growth, isn’t Bill Gates just referring to the association between high child mortality and larger family size? (the suggestion being that improving the health of the children will have a knock on effect of reducing the family size and therefore reducing population growth etc).

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