Bill Gates: Vaccine Against Child Mortality Cuts Population Growth

Bill Gates has clarified that his proposal to use vaccines to curb global population growth was premised on the “suprising but critical fact” that decreasing child mortality through immunization also reduced population growth, reports.

Gates, whose foundation is a leading funding source for vaccine research, had told a recent Technology, Entertainment, Design conference that the development of new vaccine, along with improved health care and reproductive services, could cut population growth “by perhaps 10 to 15 percent.”

The statement led to speculations that the well-known philanthropist was advocating covert sterilization through vaccines, which had occurred in the Philippines 15 years ago, when UNICEF anti-tetanus vaccines administered on some 3 million women were found to contain a compound that could compromise pregnancies.

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