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Everyone wants to know when the coronavirus crisis will end, and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has an idea. But his estimates vary based on whether you live in the developing world or in richer countries like the United States.
Gates told Wired magazine in an interview published Friday: “The innovative process of expanding diagnostics, of new treatments, of vaccines is really quite impressive.” “And that makes me feel that, for the rich world, we can mostly end this by the end of 2021 and for the world at large by the end of 2022.”
Gates, who finances vaccine and health research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is not Pollyanna. He was well aware that even with his predictions in effect, the outbreak was sending countries of all sizes back for years in terms of economic growth and progress in fighting malaria. , polio and HIV.
During the interview, Gates spoke harshly to the US test system, while expressing his disappointment at how President Donald Trump and his administration handled the situation. This is not a new thing – Gates is not afraid to speak up about the United States’ response to the virus,The high number of coronavirus infections in the US is due to a lack of testing and tracking of exposure, as well as the ability to wear a mask. Gates himself was also the target of conspiracy theories and viral misconduct.
But Gates believes that one vaccine will eventually be created, noting that due to scale and production issues, some vaccines in development are likely to only help rich countries. have more.
“It’s thanks to innovation that you don’t have to think about an even more sad statement, which is going to rage for five years until natural immunity is hopeful,” Gates said. only of us. “The disease, from both animal data and phase 1 data, seems very vaccine preventable.”
In terms of treating those already ill, Gates takes antiviral drugs highly.and the dexamethasone corticosteroid.
“Other antivirals will be available for two to three months,” he said. “Antibodies are two to three months away. We have about a factor two improvement in hospital outcomes, and that’s just with remdesivir and dexamethasone. Other things will complement that.”