Bill Gates doesn't make vaccines. There are now 176 vaccines from many different countries, thirty four of those already in clinical trials and eight in phase 3. Some may be approved soon, and none are made by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation does provide funding for some vaccines. In particular they are amongst the funders for the vaccine alliances GAVI and COVAX, the vaccine pillar of the “Access to COVID19 Tools” ACT accelerator.
The aim is to make sure that as a top priority many vaccines are distributed to the places that are worst hit and that the vaccines are available to all including the very poor. It is partly funded by the Gates foundation along with many other donors including now the European Commission
- Good news in WHO press briefing - lots of progress on COVAX - vaccine alliance to make sure good quality vaccines are available where most urgently needed
The WHO think we can eliminate COVID19 in less than two years. Making a vaccine available in the worst hit regions will be an important part of this process.
So we hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years, especially if we can pool our efforts to gather and with national unity, global solidarity - that's really key - with utilising the available tools to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools like a vaccine I think we can finish it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu
The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation have no connections with microchips.
This another article I'm writing to support people we help in the Facebook Doomsday Debunked group, that find us because they get scared, sometimes to the point of feeling suicidal about it, by such stories.
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SMALLEST RFIDS CAN ONLY BE READ FROM MILLIMETERS AWAY
Most RFID microchips are far too large to fit into the normal size of needle used for vaccines.
The problem isn't the chip, it's the antenna. Of course you can make smaller chips but they are useless if you can't interrogate them. They have to be large enough to pick up enough power from microwaves to then send a signal back that is strong enough to be picked up by a receiver.
The smallest commercially available RFID chips (complete with an antenna on the same chip) can only be read from millimeters away and the very smallest RFID chips (not commercially available) can only be read from microns away (details below).
YES YOU CAN INJECT A NORMAL RFID CHIP WITH HUGE NEEDLE
You can insert microchips with a needle but you need a 12 gauge needle.Microchipping Your Pet: What You Need To Know
You could do the same with humans too of course. But it would be very obvious and the chip is large enough so that you would feel a big lump under your skin and you could then interrogate it with a scanner. There is no way this could be done without you knowing it.
To be clear, I am responding here to the conspiracy theory widely believed in the US (28% of Americans according to one YouGov poll) that you can be injected with RFID chips without knowing what happened and that the government would then be able to use them to keep track of you from a distance, again without you knowing, and that Bill Gates is somehow involved in this whole thing. If it is not clear already I hope you will soon see that this is impossible.
400 MICRON RFID CHIP CAN ONLY BE READ FROM A FEW MMS AWAY - AND STILL IS TOO LARGE TO FIT INTO A NEEDLE SUCH AS IS USED FOR NORMAL VACCINES
Hitachi produce a dust sized chip 400 by 400 microns which has an integrated antenna - but this chip can only be read from a distance of a few millimeters. The largest needles used for vaccines are gauge 22, at 413 microns (suitable for intramuscular vaccines). Technically the Hitachi chip could just fit through such a needle but it is not designed to be implanted. You would also need to add some covering to protect the electronics from the body and stop the body treating it as a foreign object so, no, we don’t even have a microchip that you can read, even from a distance of a few millimeters that could fit into a vaccine needle.
The 400 mm ones can only be read at a few millimeters distance. For the government to keep track of you at a distance of meters, they would need to attach an external antenna somehow, which of course would be obvious. This chip is of no use for this conspiracy theory idea.
22 MICRON SIZED CHIP CAN ONLY BE READ FROM 0.005 MM AWAY
Stanford university have constructed an experimental RFID microchip that is so tiny you can fit it inside a cell but you can only read it in a microfluidic channel with the cell floating directly on top of the sensor. All it tells you is the pH inside the cell or some other simple reading. It is 22 microns across and you can read it from a distance of 5 microns, or 0.005 mm. So there is no way you can use this chip to read anything inside a human body.
An RFID chip can only do very basic operations, mostly, when you shine radio waves at it, it can respond by powering itself from the radio waves and broadcast its id back to you. It can’t tell you its position as it doesn’t have GPS, and it can only be interrogated using radiowaves from close by - this is basically the same technology used for contactless payments.
GPS NANOCHIP IS SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
The idea of a nanochip that can control you or tell the government where you are is pure science fiction that belongs in Star Trek along with matter transporters and faster than light travel. A GPS unit would need a battery and be about the size of the hollow in the palm of a cupped hand, inserting it would need a major operation like fitting a pacemaker and the batteries would need to be replaced or it would need to be recharged, much like your mobile phone needs recharging. The Jiobit is an example of a modern “state of the art” portable GPS unit:
Modern “state of the art” GPS tracker (Jiobit) - far too large to fit in a vaccine needle
Image from 1:28 into this video
- We can't be injected with GPS trackers as part of the COVID19 vaccine - they are far too large and need constant recharging - nobody wants to inject anything except the vaccine
No vaccine has ever had any RFID chip in it and it is not a proposal for any future vaccine.
NOT THE SAME IDEA AS TABLETS WITH DIGESTIBLE RFID CHIPS IN THEM
This is a rather cool idea but nothing to do with vaccines and again would be useless for the conspiracy theory. The microchip dissolves in your stomach and this gives a bit of power which it can use to sends out a signal that can be picked up by a device you wear that can then tell your doctor that you took your pills that day.
I'd go for that, especially if it alerted me rather than the doctor. I have to take two allopurinol tablets every day for my gout and I sometimes forget it would be great if there was some automatic alert to show me that I haven't had my pills today.
NOT THE SAME IDEA AS SYRINGES WITH RFID LABELS
This story that you may come across is not about an injectible RFID. It is about an RFID that can be attached to the label of a syringe.
A health worker can then use a mobile app to track the time and place of each injection. Via the labels not via anything in the patients.
- Fact check: Feds buy syringes that may have RFID chips, but no evidence COVID-19 vaccination required
ENFORCED MICROCHIPS ARE ILLEGAL IN MANY US STATES
Also enforced implanting a chip into a human being is illegal in many US states.
This is done preemptively to stop anyone from enforcing employees to have implanted chips. Despite rather confusing click bait headlines, no employer has ever required this and chips are not mandatory anywhere for anyone - at least I didn’t find any examples. Chips are mandatory in some countries for pets but not for humans. There is no prospect or suggestion of this either.
Some employees do provide optional RFID chips but as far as I know no-one has any problems with RFID chips so long as they are optional. They can be useful as a substitute for the smart cards you need to carry around with you. They are used in a similar way to a smart card - for logging in, opening doors, buying things in the company shop and so on.
However there is a fear of many in the Bible belt in the US that some day an "anti Christ" will arise, a Messiah like figure who will require people to have a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, based on an enigmatic passage in the book of Revelation. This has lead many in the Bible belt to have concerns that they may be forced to have RFID chips in the future. Most Christians outside of Bible belt US interpret this passage as referring to events that already occurred in the first century AD rather than a future event. For details see my
- Will you be forced to have a “mark of the beast” chip implant to buy anything - and is this the end of the world? Answer: NO and NO
Because of these Bible belt fears about the anti-Christ, several US states have already passed preemptive laws prohibiting mandatory RFID chips.
These states have already banned required microchips in anyone:
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
Tennessee is in the process of introducing a general ban on required microchips.
Several others have prohibited employees from requiring microchips or are in process of introducing an employee microchip ban.
This means that if you are in any of those states in the US and someone tried to force you to have an implanted RFID chip it would be illegal. But to reassure you again, nobody has any such plan and it has never happened anywhere in the world.
NANODOTS TATTOO IS JUST INK NOT CHIPS - FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT MEDICAL HEALTH RECORDS - JUST A CONCEPT STUDY AND NOT A REAL WORLD APPLICATION YET
There is an idea of a kind of a tattoo, not a chip, an invisible nanodots tattoo that could be injected at the same time as a vaccine. This is intended as a solution for the millions of people in the world who have no medical record and tend to miss out on medicines because there is no record that they exist in any patients database. That makes it hard to vaccinate them.
Bill Gates did fund this research. If it was ever used, it would only be used for people without medical records.
It is a kind of copper based dye that is encapsulated in 20 micron biocompatible microparticles so that they stay in place and aren’t rejected by the body.
More accurately they are “quantum dots” - based on a small semiconductor that emits particular light frequencies when illuminated with UV light.
Each vaccine would have a different pattern of dots so you could read the vaccine history by reading the dots.
It would just tell the scanner that "you have been vaccinated for xxx". They say at the end of the press release that they are considering whether they can expand it to add information about the
"date of vaccine administration and the lot number of the vaccine batch."
They emit light in the near infrared but are invisible in ordinary light.
“It’s possible someday that this ‘invisible’ approach could create new possibilities for data storage, biosensing, and vaccine applications that could improve how medical care is provided, particularly in the developing world,”
The press release is here:
This i s just a concept. They are not planning to do it for COVID19 as it is not properly worked out yet and it won't be ready for this pandemic. If we ever adopt this technology for any vaccines, it's some years down the line.
However a lot of research of this type never comes to anything. They follow it through, it is of some interest but something else works better, and it is never developed into consumer technology.
This is not for the US or UK or any country with medical records. This is for places where there is no effective government or the government is limited and for some reason there are no medical records fir remote poor people.
They would have different patterns of dots of dye for each injection, so, for instance, a health worker could use a near infrared sensor to scan them to see if they have had a particular vaccine yet, or need a booster etc.
Although this is a neat idea, there would be many things to figure out. The digital id is another solution which we can do right away using biometrics. For more about the microdots see my:
- Idea of microdots record for COVID-9 vaccination - not a cover for a plan to inject everyone with microchips - and how vaccination can eradicate a disease
YOU LIKELY HAVE A DIGITAL ID ALREADY
You probably already have a digital id if you are reading this. You have a health record almost certainly. When you register with a new doctor they can bring up your records from your previous doctor. If you need to prove who you are online, you can do that, using your passport or other photographic ID from your government.
This means you have, or can easily obtain, a digital Id.
We take this so much for granted, but many people in the world can’t do this. They have no birth certificate, no driving license and no form of photo-id. They do not appear in any health database. They are not in any polling register and can’t vote, not because they are not permitted to vote but because they have no way to prove who they are.
There are a billion people in the world in this situation, including 20 million children. It is a difficult challenge to vaccinate people who have no digital id of any form, not even as an entry in a health database ,and who can't have such an id because they have no way to prove who they are.
That is why this is linked to COVID19 not because of any ulterior purpose but for the practical issues of how you make sure you vaccinate everyone. Millions of children worldwide don't get their childhood vaccines because health workers have no way to know if they have them already. These vaccines are life saving vaccines that they can't access, or there is a risk of giving them wrong doses, multiple vaccinations etc.
GATES FOUNDATION IS RESEARCHING INTO DIGITAL IDS
The Bill Gates foundation IS researching into digital ids. I hope you now understand why they are doing that.
The way those work is that you have a secure online digital id that you can then YOURSELF link to your record and access, e.g. with a fingerprint or password and then let the medical staff read your health records from last time you were vaccinated. This is secure and meets all privacy laws.
The Gates foundation, along with several other donors including Microsoft, support the ID2020 alliance.
The ID2020 Alliance provides funding and other forms of material support for high-impact and high-quality digital identity projects that are privacy-protecting, user-centric, and designed for scale, impact, and replicability. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis at various stages of development. Any individual or organization meeting the required application and evaluation criteria is welcome to submit a proposal.
Their manifesto explains that over a billion people are not able to give any proof of identity - no birth certificate, driving license, health records, nothing. This makes it hard for them to access basic care and health services, financial services, participate as a citizen in their society, to vote, get a credit card etc etc.
Over 1 billion people worldwide are unable to prove their identity through any recognized means. As such, they are without the protection of law, and are unable to access basic services, participate as a citizen or voter, or transact in the modern economy.
They recognize the risks
Digital identity carries significant risk if not thoughtfully designed and carefully implemented. We do not underestimate the risks of data misuse and abuse, particularly when digital identity systems are designed as large, centralized databases.
They go on to say that everyone should be able to assert their identity and do that anywhere at any time, and that they should have control over their own digital identities, including how any personal information is collected, used and shared.
We believe that individuals must have control over their own digital identities, including how personal data is collected, used, and shared. Everyone should be able to assert their identity across institutional and national borders, and across time. Privacy, portability, and persistence are necessary for digital identity to meaningfully empower and protect individuals.
This is the opposite of what the conspiracy theorists claim the Gates foundation is trying to do. It is empowering, enabling, freeing people to have a voice and to control their own destinies, to vote, to access health care etc.
The title of the manifesto may be confusing. They do NOT say
"There is a need for a good universal digital ID"
They say that “The need for a good digital ID is universal”.
They go on to say:
The ability to prove who you are is a fundamental and universal human right. Because we live in a digital era, we need a trusted and reliable way to do that both in the physical world and online.
Most of us you reading this probably already have a good digital ID or can provide one if needs be. For instance you may have needed to upload your passport photo or a driving license to prove your identity online. But many people in the world sadly have no way to do this even if they want to.
This is an idea to tie a child's fingerprint to an online digital immunization record.
They explain that 20 million children worldwide don’t receive a basic course of vaccines to protect them against childhood illnesses. One factor is that it is difficult for health practitioners to deliver the right vaccine at the right time without an official identity for the child.
Research by Gavi indicates that some 20 million children who do not receive a basic course of vaccines worldwide, despite progress over the past two decades. Only half of children under 5 years old in sub-Saharan Africa are registered at birth, which means many do not have an official identity. This makes it difficult for health practitioners to deliver the right vaccine at the right time, according to the announcement.
It is a similar situation for unemployed homeless people in Austin Texas, who don't have the personal documents needed to access housing, benefits and medical care. It is not forcing something on them, they have control of the whole process.
When you have no birth certificate or poll registry or any entry in any government database then it is natural to use biometrics to prove your identity, so a fingerprint then makes sense as a way to do it. Hard to see how you could do it any other way. Apart from an implant of course but that is not being discussed as far as I can tell.
This is a problem that needs a solution and if this is not the one, what is your solution for how to keep track of who is vaccinated for people with no documentation and no entry in any government or health system database? Do say in the comments if you have ideas about other ways this could be done.
NOT ABOUT A CENTRALIZED DATABASE
This is about ids you can use to prove who you are e.g. to vote, to get a unique individual health record that doctors can use to treat you, to get a driving license, open a bank account, get a credit card etc.
ID2020 is not about centralizing digital ids, it is about providing them to people who don't have them. The ids will be secure, the information associated under your control, and it's not a way of centralizing information about you in some online database.
A recent idea hashes the biometrics with secure encryption so that even if someone accesses your online digital id in some way, they have no way to know who it is associated with - they can't reverse engineer a fingerprint or photograph of the face from it - or of course access any of the data without the unique biometrics that unlock the id and let you get access to it.
For anyone who is opposed to ID2020 you can ask them - what is THEIR solution to this problem of proving their id for people who don't have any documents or any database records in any system to prove who they are, as a unique identity for voting, health records, banking etc?
GATES STEPPED DOWN FROM MICROSOFT BOARD IN 2020
Bill Gates's work on computing was to do with operating systems, specifically Windows. He resigned as CEO of Microsoft in 2000. to focus his work on philanthropy, saving lives of people worldwide dying of infectious diseases.
He was succeeded by Steve Balmer. Gates stopped working there full time in 2008. Then in 2013 Steve Balmer made a big mistake with the Surface RT losing the company $900 million and he resigned, leaving on 2014. He may have been told to resign by the board. That is the same year Bill Gates resigned as board chair. The current CEO is Satya Nadella who has been CEO since 2014.
In 2020 Gates finally stop attending meetings and stepped down as a member of the Microsoft board. He hasn't done much there and it is just taking up time that he wants to devote to his philanthropy on disease prevention. He will still be advising Microsoft but not spending much time on that.
NO BILL GATES DID NOT "STEAL" THE EARLY CODE FOR MSDOS
You sometimes hear programmers say that Bill Gates “stole” the early code for MSDOS, the first operating system that eventually developed into Windows.
What happened is that Microsoft licensed 86-DOS, to IBM, which they bought from Tim Patterson.
Tim Paterson, who wrote 86-DOS, was accused of copying code from CP/M, another operating system. He says that all he did is to reverse-engineer 86-DOS by reading the manual for CP/M which was legal at the time.
The source code of both operating systems is available for anyone to read now. It would be very easy to prove if if they were copied, but nobody has done that indeed the only stories you find about it is a proof that it was not copied.
So this seems to just be fake news. By now, four years after the source code for both operating systems was released and publicly available for any programmer to inspect, it's not credible that it was directly copied and nobody has found that evidence. Even if it was true it was Tim Patterson not Bill Gates who was accused of the copying. But it seems clear now that Tim Patterson didn't copy the code either.
What Tim Patterson did may still be legal today - if you are careful how to do it. WINE which adds an inter-operability layer to let Windows programs run in Linux is close enough in how it works to the Windows operating system to run the same programs and they do this by a combination of using the Windows manuals and testing Windows functions (but not looking at the code). For details of how WINE avoids legal issues see
But for sure it was legal at the time that Bill Gates bought his code and licensed it to IBM.
BY A YOUGOV POLL, 28% OF THE US POPULATION BELIEVE THIS GATES MICROCHIP CONSPIRACY THEORY
Many people in the US believe this rather incredible and bizarre conspiracy theory that Bill Gates plans to inject RFID chips that can track you as part of the COVID19 vaccination program. At least - it is both incredible and bizarre theory to anyone with a reasonably strong understanding of science and physics and who follows the developments of modern technology. Given the number of people who believe this, presumably it does sound convincing if you don’t have a very strong scientific background.
I hope you can now see why it says in the title of this article that it fails basic fact check.
Perhaps one reason people are so ready to believe such ideas is because of their exposure to science fiction stories. I love Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and Dr Who myself - but these are enjoyable fiction, they are no more real than Hogwarts and Harry Potter (which I also enjoy).
I get contacted by people scared of things that are impossible, and find they often have little understanding of what is the difference between what we can do in real life and what the fictional characters can do in movies such as Star Trek. They also are confused by what they can do in the fictional worlds of their computer games, and come to think those things may be possible in real life too. There is a kind of blurring of edges here, they get mixed up about what is real and what is fictional.
I suppose our modern technology is so incredible, that if you can video chat with someone on the other side of the world, and if your mobile phone, such a tiny device, can do that and can show where you are on the map, that they feel that almost anything is possible. But no, magical as our modern technology may seem at times, it is still science, not magic, and it has limits in what it can do.
The main risk here is that this false belief could lead to people rejecting vaccines that can keep them safe from COVID19 out of a fear that the vaccine also includes these impossible invisible nanochips.
A YouGov poll of 1,640 people suggests that 28 percent of Americans believe the false rumour that Bill Gates wants to use vaccines to implant microchips in people - with the figure rising to 44% among Republicans.
That could be enough to reduce the number vaccinated to the level where Americans can’t be immune to COVID19 through vaccination to stop the virus. Luckily COVID19 is much less infectious than measles - so anti-vaxxers won’t make things as difficult as they do for measles eradication. See
- How R₀ works (basic reproduction rate) - and estimating whether COVID-19 cases per day increase or decrease
However, this vaccine still needs to reach around 70% of the population to achieve “herd immunity”, or more than that if the vaccine is less than 100% effective (it usually is).
If 28% decide they don’t want the vaccine due to mythical nanochips then depending on how effective a vaccine is, that could be enough to mean that the US can’t be fully protected by the vaccine and that Americans have to continue with other measures such as physical distancing to protect themselves.
“The polls are a little bit concerning,” Gates told reporters.
“[The misinformation would almost] be something humorous. But I guess it’s really not a humorous thing. I’ve never been involved in any microchip type thing. It is good to know which kids have had a measles vaccine and which have not, so there are data systems and… health records that people use to track that… but there’s no chips or anything like that.
“It’s almost hard to deny this stuff, because it’s so stupid or strange, that to even to repeat almost seems to give it credibility.”
“If you don’t get a broad uptake, then it would have a dramatic effect,” he said. “So the misinformation could hold us back at some point.”
"The world needs to work together to develop safe and effective vaccines and make sure that we scale up the manufacturing so we can get them out to those need them the most, not necessarily those who can pay the most,"
Also this level of vaccination has to be achieved in every community worldwide - or at least - every community where it is circulating. Not just 70% of Americans, also 70% of the homeless, say, or it would continue to circulate amongst homeless communities in America.
However - I think that even with 28% refusal if it did come to that, then we’d be able to stop the disease by continuing with the physical distancing and test, trace, isolate as well. We should do that during the vaccination period anyway to stop this virus as fast as we possibly can.
Once it is eliminated from the world we won’t need vaccines any more, just as we don’t need them for smallpox any more.
DYING AS A RESULT OF A FALSE BELIEF - THE DOWNSIDE OF FALSE ANTI-VACCINE VIRAL STORIES
It is possible to die as a result of believing in something that is false. There is an interview here with a Filipino lady Arlyn who lost both children Jennilyn and Paul to measles because she believed the false rumours shared on Facebook about measles vaccines Measles deaths 'staggering and tragic'
She says she will definitely get future children vaccinated.
In the UK, one unvaccinated adult died of acute measles in the UK in 2013 and one infant in 2016. Measles notifications and deaths in England and Wales: 1940 to 2017 and we have a rise in cases in the UK recently because of an increase in people who refuse the MMR vaccine - all because of that totally mistaken study that claimed to link it to autism 'No link between MMR and autism,' finds major study
Wakefield, the man who ran the original autism study financially benefited from finding a link so he was not an unbiased researcher. We now know from secret documents that have been uncovered that Wakefield and his associates stood to earn $28 million a year from selling diagnostic kits and an alternative vaccine as a result of discrediting the MMR vaccine with a supposed link to autism. He made this agreement before the start of his small clinical trial of only 12 children. In a private document that has now been uncovered it says:
“It is estimated that by year 3, income from this testing could be about £3,300,000 rising to about £28,000,000 as diagnostic testing in support of therapeutic regimes come on stream.”
- Revealed: Secret businesses which aimed to exploit vaccine fears - “MMR doctor” planned scheme to make millions from his health scare
Yet the results of his fake autism study still continue to this day with people refusing measles vaccines and dying of measles because they believe this research which was discredited long ago. Then added to that you get fake news stories claiming you can die of being vaccinated which are not backed up by any evidence. This lady believed one of those fake stories and lost both children.
BILL GATES DOES NOT PLAN TO USE VACCINES TO KILL CHILDREN TO REDUCE POPULATION GROWTH - HE IS SAVING CHILDREN'S LIVES WHICH LEADS TO FAMILIES HAVING CONFIDENCE TO HAVE SMALLER FAMILIES
It's become increasingly clear in the last few years that birth rates fall naturally if countries have
- low child mortality
- better higher education (especially of women)
- equal opportunities for women
- greater prosperity
One of the countries with the fastest falling population and lowest birth rates is Japan, which has great prosperity and high levels of education and low infant mortality. This is repeated around the world in all cultures, and all forms of religions or non religious societies. The only continent with fast increasing populations still is Africa.
What happens is that if a poor Nigerian farmer is living in conditions where many of his children will have diseases, some will have life-long illnesses and need to be cared for and others die young - then he will want to have lots of children in order to have at least a couple of healthy ones to look after his farm when he gets old.
These people have no insurance, no pension. As they get old they will depend on their children to feed them. Giving them access to contraceptives is pointless as they won't use them until they can have healthy children and children that don't die young. What they need is to reduce child mortality and the prevalence of preventable childhood diseases that impact on someone's health for the rest of their life. This is what Bill and Melinda Gates are doing. Until then they are not likely to reduce their birth rate. Once they have the security to plan for a smaller family then contraceptives are indeed very useful to them.
In their own words:
Bill: Melinda and I first started following these childhood mortality numbers more than 20 years ago. As you know, we’d taken a trip to Africa to see the wildlife, and we were startled by the poverty. When we came back, we began reading about what we’d seen. It blew our minds that millions of children in Africa were dying from diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria. Kids in rich countries don’t die from these things. The children in Africa were dying because they were poor. To us, it was the most unjust thing in the world.
Melinda: Saving children’s lives is the goal that launched our global work. It’s an end in itself. But then we learned it has all these other benefits as well. If parents believe their children will survive—and if they have the power to time and space their pregnancies—they choose to have fewer children.
Bill: When a mother can choose how many children to have, her children are healthier, they’re better nourished, their mental capacities are higher—and parents have more time and money to spend on each child’s health and schooling. That’s how families and countries get out of poverty. This link between saving lives, a lower birthrate, and ending poverty was the most important early lesson Melinda and I learned about global health.
Melinda: This is why reducing childhood mortality is the heart of the work for us. Virtually all advances in society—nutrition, education, access to contraceptives, gender equity, economic growth—show up as gains in the childhood mortality chart, and every gain in this chart shows up in gains for society.
More cites about this link between reducing child mortality, improving prosperity etc and population growth in my:
VACCINES IN TABLET FORM
The vaccine success rate has been very high so far, 100% indeed, for phase 1 and phase 2 of the clinical trials. None so far have failed and eight have reached phase 3, which is a remarkable record (normally two five or six out of eight six would have failed). This is building on success of the research into SARS and MERS vaccines, which turned up vaccines that didn’t work well a decade ago but now we know a lot about how to make a coronavirus vaccine and it seems to have paid off.
With this track record then it could even be that all eight of the vaccines in phase 3 are approved - probably with varying degrees of effectiveness, duration of the protection etc.
At any rate it seems just about certain we do have a vaccine by the end of the year, and likely that we have a choice of many before then. There are 142 in preclnical trial and 34 in clinical trials and the WHO with GAVI have committed to fund them all all the way through to approval. This makes a huge difference as there are normally long waits while vaccines get funding for clinical trials. These will all instantly be added to the trials as they reach those stages, and so -we can expect to have all those 142 candidates eventually tested as they get to that point.
With so many vaccines being tested we can then find the one with the most optimal properties, most effective, most long lasting effects - but also - the ones that are easiest to deliver and distribute.
Many vaccines need to be stored at ultra low temperatures, -50 C. and kept at cold conditions until just before they are injected. That is a big challenge in the more remote areas of the world.
However if dozens of vaccines are indeed approved, it will be a case of looking at all the other vaccines that are approved trying to find the best one to immunize the world. For instance if it can be taken in tablet form and stored at room temperature - then that would make immunizing the world far easier. There are several in development in tablet form.
The US company Vaxart was selected for “Operation Warp Speed” in the US is about to start its phase 1 clinical trial of an oral vaccine tablet. They target cells in the small bowel epithelium.
The UK company Stabilitech are also planning to to start human trials for their oral vaccine in August this year. They target the mucosal membranes, nose, mouth even eyes.
ImmunityBio and NantKwest are also working together on oral capsules for their vaccines but in an early stage of development.
There are three more listed in the WHO Draft landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines as working on oral vaccines,
- MIGAL Galilee Research Institute
- Applied Biotechnology Institute, Inc.
- Farmacológicos Veterinarios SAC (FARVET SAC) / Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)
all in preclinical studies.
If some of the vaccines are available in tablets, perhaps those who are scared of these non existent nanochips may be willing to take them in tablet form.
Or of course hopefully we can help by spreading accurate information and countering this misinformation.
THOSE WITH RELIGIOUS OR PHILOSOPHICAL REASONS FOR NOT WANTING TO TAKE A VACCINE
This is different from those who do not wish to take a vaccine for religious, philosophical or other reasons. That should be respected in my view. However, the numbers are low enough so that it won’t cause problems. It’s only when it gets to the point of tens of percentage points in the community that don’t want to be vaccinated, that it matters for COVID19.
If you are one of those who don’t want to take a vaccine for ideological reasons, then you can continue to protect yourself with physical distancing. We should all be doing this anyway for as long as there is community transmission, even once vaccinated, unless the vaccine is 100% effective. With a less than 100% effective vaccine, then continuing with physical distancing can help us to bring it down faster until it is gone.
HOW VACCINES WORK
This is a basic point that many don’t know however. Vaccines don’t linger in your body after you are injected.
The way that vaccines work is that they masquerade as the real virus. They trick your body into fighting them. Your body then eliminates the vaccine from its system, and all that is left at the end of that is a memory of how to fight the vaccine. Your body then uses that memory to fight the virus which closely resembles the vaccine. The vaccine has a similar effect to previous infection by the virus, but when viruses evolve to hide themselves from your immune system, the vaccines can be designed to be easy to spot by the immune system, leading to a stronger and longer lasting immune response.
- About viruses, vaccines and antivirals - how is it that 80% of those with COVID-19 get only mild symptoms and nearly all recover?
There are medicines that directly fight the virus, such as artificial antibodies, but vaccines don’t work like that.
SAFETY OF THE NEW VACCINES
Some people worry that vaccines developed so quickly are unsafe. However that’s not true.
The vaccines are going through all the same phases of any other vaccine and have the same safety testing as any vaccine. What is risked here, by rushing them so fast, is money, not lives. Many countries and organizations have taken major FINANCIAL risks by funding these trials.
For instance the trials overlap, phase 3 started before the papers have yet gone through peer review for phase 1, manufacturing capabilities put in place when a vaccine is still in phase 1. Also we have a huge improvement in scientific capabilities, to test for antibodies for instance to check that the vaccines are working at an early stage. Then the final thing that speeds it up is that we have intense community spread in many countries around the world which lets phase 3 be completed in a few weeks instead of the more usual several years.
- Why vaccine development can be so fast for COVID19 - risking billions in funding - not risking lives
AIM OF THE VACCINES IS TO GET RID OF COVID19 - NOT TO KEEP VACCINATING IN PERPETUITY
The aim of a vaccination program is to eliminate COVDI19 from the world. When it is over we are back to the situation we were in in i2019 and nobody will need a vaccine any more for COVID19 though you still need vaccines of course for Tetanus, Hib, Hepatitis B, meningitis, measles, and many other nasty things you are probably vaccinated against already.
Vaccines are responsible for saving millions of lives. Many children used to die of Hib, a very dangerous pneumonia that was as infectious as flu. In most people it was asymptomatic but in a small minority it spread in the blood to their brains and they died. This was stopped by a vaccine.
Vaccines have eradicated measles from the Americas, almost eradicated measles from the UK except it returned because of some people who refuse vaccination - unlike COVID19, measles requires a very high level of vaccination to be kept out, because it is so infectious.
Just before the COVID19 outbreak, in 2019, there was an outbreak of measles in Samoa, 73 people died, many others under ventilators in hospitals. The reason is likely a reduced vaccination rate compared to other neighbouring islands.
In 2017, the last year with records available, over 30,000 newborns died from neonatal tetanus.
Over a million people a year die of Hepatitis. Several hundred thousand die of Hepatitis B. It would be many more if it weren't for the vaccine that would, if rolled out to everyone worldwide eradicate this disease.
Vaccination has eradicated smallpox from the entire world, a disease that used to kill millions. It has eradicated rubella, and polio from the Americas and almost eradicated polio from the world. It has saved many lives from other diseases.
- Wild polio is now eradicated from Africa - in the future after we eradicate COVID19, there are many other diseases we know how to eradicate from the world - beacon of hope
YES WE CAN FIGHT THIS INFODEMIC
This infodemic can seem overwhelming when you find many of your social media friends sharing these stories and people marching to protest against fictional conspiracy theory scenarios. But we are not powerless. Together we can help fight it and provide the truth from reliable sources.
Here are five actions we can all do to stop the infodemic
- critically examine the information that you receive and look for facts and evidence supporting the claims being made
- choose carefully, only share like or forward reliable content from trusted sources
- be cautious do not share forward or like false information we know is not true
- be a good example support your community by identifying inaccurate information
- don't spend too much time online keep physical activity and take care of your mental health
Together let's stop the spread of this information and misinformation to get us through this pandemic safely
This is another video summarizing the five things.
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Seven tips for dealing with doomsday fears
If you are scared: Seven tips for dealing with doomsday fears which also talks about health professionals and how they can help.
If in the middle of a panic attack, see
- Breathe in and out slowly and deeply to calm a panic attack by Robert Walker on Debunking Doomsday
- Tips from CBT - might help some of you to deal with doomsday anxieties
- STOPP skill
Facebook support group
Facebook group Doomsday Debunked has been set up to help anyone who is scared by these fake doomsdays.
If you need help
Do message me on Quora or PM me on Facebook if you need help.
There are many others in the group who are available to support scared people via PM and who can also debunk fake Doomsday “news” for you if you get scared of a story and are not sure if it is true. See our debunkers list
If you are suicidal don’t forget there’s always help a phone call away with the List of suicide crisis lines - Wikipedia