Bill Gates employed a small swarm of mosquitoes to help him spread the message on the need for a new malaria vaccine. Speaking to the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference, well known for its high-profile group of attendees, Gates said that "malaria is spread by mosquitoes," and released a glass full of the pesky critters.
"I brought some," he added. "Here I'll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected."
After about a minute, Gates assured the crowd that the mosquitoes were not infected with malaria. But no doubt he had their full attention. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has devoted $168.7 million dollars to advance a new vaccine and push a global campaign to rid the world of malaria--a long neglected disease that has been largely relegated to the poorest nations of the world.
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