Under the most optimistic scenario, it is not possible to start commercial production of a vaccine against the coronavirus and its disease COVID-19 before a year has passed. This was stated on Sunday, April 26, one of the founders of the American Microsoft Corporation bill gates on CNN.
“It is very difficult to narrow the time frame. Ideally, we would reach an industrial scale within one year. We may not be able to do this, it may take at least two years,” the billionaire said in response to a question about how soon it is possible to conveyor production of the vaccine in one or more countries of the world.
Gates offered to select “the most promising of the hundreds of developments, find funds and establish 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 measures to counter the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, including the development of vaccines in seven different laboratories. The contribution was made within the framework of an 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 the who, includes 83 drugs, among which 77 are at the stage of preclinical research, and another six are undergoing clinical trials on humans.
On April 22, it became known that a number of scientists believe that mass vaccination is the only way to overcome the pandemic of a new coronavirus infection.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, began in late December last year in Wuhan, China.
According to the international statistical office Worldometer on April 26, there were 2.9 million cases of coronavirus infection in the world. 206 thousand people died and 873.8 thousand patients recovered.