Reuters Strange Fact Checking of Bill Gates Quote

Gravestone: Here Lies Population Growth 0 - 20??The title of the Reuters’ article is:

Fact Check-Bill Gates quote about vaccines and population growth has been taken out of context again

Many of you have probably seen the video clip of Bill Gates (start at  4:25) where he talks about this. Here’s what Reuters quotes as the in-context quote:

“First, we’ve got population,” he said during the talk organized by TED, a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas. “The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent. But there, we see an increase of about 1.3.” [emphasis mine]

This has always been the quote I’ve read. This has always been the full quote I’ve seen on various video platforms, minus their sentence of where he is saying it. It is interesting that Reuters never quotes the out-of-context quote. I can see why. It would be the same freaking quote. Here is what I find interesting, Reuters explanation of the above statement:

However, Gates was not suggesting the global population should be killed off using vaccines. He is instead saying that improving public health using vaccinations can reduce unsustainable population growth in the future – and with it, lower carbon emissions.

Correct me if I’m wrong, and I’m never wrong, but aren’t vaccinations supposed to help people live, give them a better chance of living? If that happens wouldn’t that increase population growth? But look at what Reuters says: “…using vaccinations can reduce unsustainable population growth in the future….”

So……vaccinations will be good for you and, big bonus here folks, they’ll reduce the population growth in the future. How? Will you be infertile? Will you live a shorter life? Will you die because of them? I need some clarity here!

Maybe they were justing hoping people would read the headline and move along.

Read the Reuters Fact Check Article, if you dare

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