Bill Gates wants to register all new babies on the planet for vaccines
Jan 17, 2011
Bill Gates is promoting a plan to use wireless technology to register every newborn on the planet in a vaccine database.
In a keynote address to the mHealth Summit, which focuses on using mobile technology to improve health care, Gates said that improving survival rates among children under the age of 5 would benefit not just individual families, but societies and the planet as a whole.
“The key thing, the most important fact that people should know and make sure other people know: As you savechildrenunder 5, that is the thing that reducespopulationgrowth,” he said. “That sounds paradoxical. The fact is that within a decade of improving health outcomes,parentsdecide to have less children.”
The number of children who die before their fifth birthday has already dropped from 20 million in 1960 to 8.5 million today, a statistic Gates attributes mostly tovaccination.
“About one-third [of that improvement] is by increasing income,” Gates said. “The majority has been throughvaccines. Vaccines will be the key. If you could register every birth on acell phone– get fingerprints, get a location — then you could [set up] systems to make sure the immunizations happen.”