Posted by: Petros | February 5, 2009

Bill Gates and Malaria

AFP reports regarding philanthropist Bill Gates:

LONG BEACH, California (AFP) – Microsoft founder turned disease-battling philanthropist Bill Gates loosed mosquitoes at an elite Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Conference to make a point about the deadly sting of malaria. “Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,” Gates said while opening a jar onstage at a gathering known to attract technology kings, politicians, and Hollywood stars. “I brought some. Here I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected.” Gates waited a minute or so before assuring the audience the liberated insects were malaria-free.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded vaccine research for malaria.  They will soon be in Phase Three testing.  This is good news for Africa.  Let’s hope that they will find a way of stopping this dreaded disease forever.


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