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Bill Gates was heavily criticized for refusing to share Covid-19 mRNA vaccine formulas with poor countries that can’t afford to pay for the shots.

Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly own shares in pharmaceutical company Moderna, one of three vaccines approved by the Food & drug Administration for emergency use.

Moderna owns the rights to multiple patents for its mRNA vaccines and secreting proteins. Those patents can be viewed here.

The patents prevent other countries from manufacturing their own mRNA vaccines for Covid-19.

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When asked if he would allow other countries to have access to the formulas, Gates — a billionaire many times over — quickly said no.

“Well, there’s only so many vaccine factories in the world and people are very serious about the safety of vaccines. And so moving something that had never been done — moving a vaccine, say, from a [Johnson & Johnson] factory into a factory in India — it’s novel — it’s only because of our grants and expertise that that can happen at all.”

Twitter users were irate over Gates protecting his wealth at the expense of poor countries.

One user tweeted: “Well, this is the stance you take when you don’t actually want to end the pandemic and just want to make lots of money.”

Another user wrote: “Another reminder that billionaires shouldn’t exist… Or, there shouldn’t be a system whose final goal is to serve handful of people at top and they control the direction of humanity.”

And a third wrote: “Bill Gates is a eugenicist and ecofascist. This is very on brand for him and he’s using his wealth to kill people in the Global South.”