Bill Gates on the anti-vaccine movement and its connection to autism
Posted Feb 04 2011 2:57pm
Gates: Well, Dr. Wakefield has been shown to have used absolutely fraudulent data. He had a financial interest in some lawsuits, he created a fake paper, the journal allowed it to run. All the other studies were done, showed no connection whatsoever again and again and again. So it’s an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn’t have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. And so the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts—you know, they, they kill children. It’s a very sad thing, because these vaccines are important.
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changed his tune ..Bill Gates on vaccines and population control
A surprising but critical fact we learned was that reducing the number of deaths actually reduces population growth. Chart 3 shows the strong connection between infant mortality rates and fertility rates. Contrary to the Malthusian view that population will grow to the limit of however many kids can be fed, in fact parents choose to have enough kids to give them a high chance that several will survive to support them as they grow old. As the number of kids who survive to adulthood goes up, parents can achieve this goal without having as many children.
So, population control by saving children's lives. Saving children's lives.
What vaccine did he single out as possibly the one that could save the most children?
We were surprised when we saw a newspaper article in 1998 showing that only a few diseases cause most childhood deaths and showing how little money was being invested in creating and providing vaccines for these diseases. A chart in the article showed that a particular type of diarrheal disease—rotavirus—was killing over 400,000 children per year. How could a disease we had never heard of get so little attention and kill this many children? We sent the article to my father and asked him to look into how we could help.
Nothing ambiguous about that message. Good for you Bill Gates.
Can't wait for the conspiracy theories.
When parents are sure their children will actually grow into adults, they have more children. Two things help reduce population growth: education of women, and health policies (like vaccines) the prevent children from dying.
That is illustrated graphically in this . Pay close attention at the graph starting at about the 11th minute. It is Child Mortality versus Number of Children per Woman.
AWOL, do you think reducing child mortality is a good thing or a bad thing?
There was a recent on population. Here is a quote from that article:
And because, for a time, women kept giving birth at a high rate. In 18th-century Europe or early 20th-century Asia, when the average woman had six children, she was doing what it took to replace herself and her mate, because most of those children never reached adulthood. When child mortality declines, couples eventually have fewer children—but that transition usually takes a generation at the very least. Today in developed countries, an average of 2.1 births per woman would maintain a steady population; in the developing world, “replacement fertility” is somewhat higher. In the time it takes for the birthrate to settle into that new balance with the death rate, population explodes.