Billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates, on Tuesday, was asked repeatedly about his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein by PBS anchor Judy Woodruff. On repeatedly being pressed about Epstein, Gates said, “Well, he's dead, so…" Gates shrugged, adding, "You know, in general, you always have to be careful and, you know, and I'm very proud of what we've done in philanthropy, very proud of the work of the foundation. That's why I get up every day and focus on," Fox News reported.
In an interview, where the main conversation was about the Gates Foundation, the organisation's philanthropic work and recent grants made by the foundation. Woodruff asked Gates whether the Microsoft founder learned anything from the mistakes he made over his association with the sex criminal who dies of suicide in August 2019.
“You know, I had dinner with him. I regret doing that,” Gates said. “He had relationships with people he said, you know, would give to global health, which is an interest I have. Not nearly enough philanthropy goes in that direction”. “They didn’t result in what he purported, and I cut them off. You know, that goes back a long time ago now. There’s—so there’s nothing new on that,” he added.
Epstein was convicted of soliciting prostitution from minors to his wealthy business associates. At the time the Gates' divorce was reported, it came to be known that Melinda Gates was furious with her husband's association with Epstein, who had reportedly advised Gates to end his 'toxic' marriage.
Gates at the interview also indicated that more needed to be done to achieve vaccine equity. Gates said that booster shots being planned by rich countries should be put on hold and “do those early next year, where a variety of new vaccines will ramp up their production, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, and then the booster programs won't compete with getting doses out to low-income countries,” PBS.org reported.