The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new $ 250 million donation on Thursday, adding another $ 1,75 billion to the foundation's $ 19 billion fight against COVID-XNUMX through vaccine development and distribution. .
Gates, who invested in vaccine technology in 2015, stressed the importance of messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines that will end this pandemic and probably another one to come in the future.
The United Kingdom was the first country to approve the vaccine Pfizer / BioNTech for COVID-19 and started distributing it on December 8th.
The United States is probably not far behind in approving the COVID-19 vaccine. On December 10, an advisory board of directors food and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration held a hearing on the Pfizer vaccine. Alex Azar, Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Human Services USA told ABC News he was optimistic about the process approval of vaccines.
Gates said citizens to others countries they may not be so lucky and could possibly receive the vaccine much later. "There are many countries that do not have vaccine factories at all," Gates said. "We want to stop the disease everywhere, so if one really cares, one should not want the vaccines to go only to the rich or the rich. countries. "
Gates said he hoped other billionaires would help fill the gaps in vaccine distribution.
"I always think we could do more and we have to give more," he told ABC News. "I hope in the future people to be even more generous. "