“It is very difficult to narrow the time frame. In the ideal case, we would go on an industrial scale within one year. We may not succeed, it may take at least two years, ”the billionaire said in response to a question about how soon the conveyor production of vaccines in one or several countries of the world is possible.
Gates suggested selecting “the most promising of hundreds of developments, finding funds and setting up their production in parallel.” According to him, in any case, it is impossible to do without a three-phase procedure for testing and certification of the future drug, RIA Novosti reports.
The philanthropist and his wife donated $ 250 million to counter the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, including the development of vaccines in seven different laboratories. The contribution was made as part of the international initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), aimed at accelerating the development of technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
According to the latest data, the list of candidate vaccines against COVID-19, formed by WHO, includes 83 drugs, among which 77 are at the stage of preclinical studies, and another six are undergoing clinical trials in humans.
April 22, it became known that a number of scientists believe mass vaccination the only way to overcome the pandemic of a new coronavirus infection.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, began in late December last year in Wuhan, China.
According to the International Bureau of Statistics Worldometer on April 26, 2.9 million cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the world. 206 thousand people died. 873.8 thousand patients recovered.