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Last year, Megan Twohey, a Times investigative reporter, turned her attention to vaccines. While she was digging, one name cropped up again and again: Bill Gates.
The Microsoft founder has played an integral role in the vaccine world for decades, and his entry into the fray in the 1990s helped revolutionize the market.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Mr. Gates was the most powerful and provocative private individual operating within global public health.
Today, we speak to Megan and Nicholas Kulish, a Times enterprise correspondent, about the role Mr. Gates has played in public health and his latest mission: procuring Covid-19 vaccines for countries in the developing world.
On today’s episode
Bill Gates is working with the World Health Organization, drugmakers and nonprofits to tackle the coronavirus globally, including in the world’s poorest nations. Can they do it?
An operation to supply billions of vaccine doses to poorer countries got underway last week. But as rich countries buy most of the available supply, stark inequalities remain.
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Megan Twohey and Nicholas Kulish contributed reporting.
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