The billionaire Bill Gates said that medicines for treatment of Covid-19 could significantly reduce the death rate at the end of 2020. Of course he mentioned that one vaccine will be vital to restoring normalcy in society.
«You can see the healing benefit faster than the protective. So I think there is a good chance we will have a significant one reduction death rate by the end of the year with the combination of these new tools. "
Her co-founder Microsoft and co-president of the Foundation Bill and Melinda Gates, stated that the "Remdesivir » was one of the best treatments in research for Covid-19. Remdesivir is an antiviral drug Gilead Sciences which has been shown to reduce him risk death rate for critically ill patients with coronavirus, 62% compared with standard care.
Gates said there are two more antivirals that scientists are considering that can be given orally instead of IV injections such as treatment of remdesivir.
The Foundation Bill and Melinda Gates announced in February that it intended to donate $ 100 million to research of the Covid-19 vaccine and treatment efforts, at the request of the World Health Organization for $ 675 million in contributions to combat the spread of the virus. In June, the foundation promised an additional $1,6 billions in the vaccine association Gavi, an organization that focused on immunizing children in its midst pandemic of the corona.
«I would also say that the monoclonal antibodies is possibly the most promising class… You have people like Regeneron, Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca who do a very hard job, " Gates told Andrew Ross Sorkin in an interview on Monday.
Although these new treatments for Covid-19 will greatly help patients with severe symptoms, Gates said he would not "lead back to complete smoothness».
The American pharmaceutical industry Pfizer and the German biotechnology company BioNTech, announced on Monday that they had just begun testing humans at an advanced stage. Earlier this month, they said one of four candidate vaccine types produced neutralizing antibodies that researchers believe are needed to build immunity to the virus. All participants received two of the 10 or 30 microgram doses.
Last week, Pfizer and BioNTech received $ funding1,95 billion by the government of USA for the production, and delivery of 100 million doses of their vaccine, if it proves safe and effective.
Η Modern, another leading pharmaceutical company in the fight for vaccine development, also announced on Monday that it had received additional funding $ 472 million from government. The company had previously received $ 483 million from the federal agency in April.
Bill Gates said that "is excited about all the vaccines for him Covid-19 funded by the USA. "
The billionaire also stressed the importance of convincing the public to receive the vaccine, if and when it becomes available. He said health professionals need to send clear messages that the FDA «does not escape»And follows his professional safety procedure.
Bill Gates has admitted that he is "worried" but it is not surprising that people are concerned about the effectiveness and safety of the first Covid-19 vaccine.