- Technology billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is helping to fund vaccine research for a variety of deadly diseases, including COVID-19. He is optimistic about COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.
- In an interview with Wired magazine, he said that because of this work, he believes that by the end of 2021, the richest countries in the world should control the pandemic, and by 2022, developing countries should control the pandemic.
- Although this represents record-breaking scientific progress, it may be disappointing to consider surviving a pandemic for another year or more.
- At the same time, Gates warned people not to relax their vigilance because he thinks COVID-1
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Bill Gates is optimistic that after completing all the work to develop COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, the epidemic is over.
Unfortunately, this goal is at least a year away, he told Steven Levy of Wired magazine.
“The innovative channels in expanding diagnosis, new therapies, and vaccines are actually very impressive. This makes me feel that for the affluent world, we should be able to end this goal by the end of 2021, and for the end of 2022 , The world will develop in an all-round way.” Gates said.
Gates said he fears that in countries like Russia and China, the pressure to have a vaccine is so great that regulators may allow the vaccine to be injected into humans before people know it is safe and effective.
He said, but the US Food and Drug Administration does not allow such shortcuts.
Gates said: “In any case, we may need three to four months of phase 3 data to look for side effects.” “At least so far, the FDA is commendable for its insistence on proof of efficacy.”
Last month, Gates told Hilary Brueck of Business Insider that he is confident that scientists will develop a “very effective and very safe” vaccine, partly because there are so many vaccines currently under development: There are more than 160 kinds in the world. Currently, two of the four fastest trials testing vaccines in humans are also located in the United States: Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech.
Gates also told Brooke that if the world cannot share the best vaccine, COVID-19 will “continue to spread.”
At the same time, Gates predicted that although the virus does not seem to be seasonal, we will enter a difficult period in the fall and winter of the virus.
“Autumn can be tough,” he told Brooke. “We will have more indoor locations. The weather will be colder. We know these factors will exacerbate this disease.”