Asked how he felt about people protesting vaccines on Tuesday (April 12) outside the TED2022 conference, where he presented his plan for how to prevent the next pandemic, Bill Gates said it was “kind of weird.”
“The Gates Foundation is very involved in vaccines, the invention of new vaccines, funding vaccines, and we’re very proud that, through joint efforts like Gavi, that saved tens of millions of lives,” Gates said, referring to a global alliance getting vaccines to every continent in the world.
“So it’s somewhat ironic to have somebody turn around and say we’re using vaccines to kill people or to make money or we started the pandemic.”
Gates added: “Does this turn into something where there’s constantly crazy people showing up? Who knows.”
“Hopefully,” he said, “as the pandemic calms down, people are more rational about, ‘Hey, vaccines are a miracle and there’s a lot more we can do.'”