Microsoft founder Bill Gates' name became a trending topic after he explained why he doesn’t believe sharing the COVID-19 vaccine formula will be helpful to the global poor. 

Gates was interviewed by Sky News where he explained that because richer countries — like the U.S. and the U.K. — are becoming vaccinated at such a fast rate, they can be sure developing countries become vaccinated in the coming months with the excess doses.

When asked if he thought it “would be helpful” to share vaccine recipes, Gates said no. 

"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 can happen at all,” he stated.

He continued that it’s “not intellectual property. It’s not like there’s some idle vaccine factory, with regulatory approval, that makes magically safe vaccines. You know, you’ve got to do the trial on these things. Every manufacturing process has to be looked at in a very careful way.”

Some on social media took exception to Gates' comments. 

Some on social media also agreed with his safety concerns. 

Bill Gates has devoted his time and money to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since leaving Microsoft Bill Gates has devoted his time and money to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since leaving Microsoft Photo: AFP / Ludovic MARIN