14 Things Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wants you to know about Coronavirus vaccine | Gadgets Now
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14 Things Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wants you to know about Coronavirus vaccine
Most of us do believe that life will not return to normal till a viable vaccine for coronavirus is out. An effective vaccine is the only foolproof way to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has penned a blog titled ‘What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccine’ where he talks about the development of the vaccine. He shares likely timeline, challenges and all that makes the task easy for scientists working on the vaccine. Here are the key points you need to know from the blog ….
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Will be fastest-ever vaccine to be developed
As per Gates, the world is creating this vaccine on a historically fast timeline. He adds that although eighteen months might sound like a long time, this would be the fastest that scientists have created a new vaccine.
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May be ready in as soon as 9 months
Gates thinks that there are 8 to 10 promising candidates working on coronavirus vaccine and one could be ready in as little as 9 months.
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Development of a vaccine usually takes around 5 years
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At least 115 vaccines are under development in differnt parts of the world, of these 6 are Indian companies
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For coronavirus vaccine, funding is absolutely no issue
For COVID-19 vaccine, financing development is not an issue at all. As governments and other organizations across the world have made it clear that they will support whatever it takes to find a vaccine.
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Two approaches he is most excited about: RNA and DNA vaccines
“I’m particularly excited by two new approaches that some of the candidates are taking: RNA and DNA vaccines,” he wrote.
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How abundant funding makes task easy for scientists
With no financial constraints, scientists can save lot of time by taking several development steps at the same time.
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What else helping in rapid development of COVID-19 vaccine
Another thing that may help in fast development of the vaccine is that scientists can test lots of different approaches at the same time.
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It might not be perfect vaccine initially, but why it’s still ok
Gates says that initially he suspects a vaccine that will be at least 70 percent effective. But this much efficacy will be enough to stop the outbreak.
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Biggest problem once the vaccine comes: To manufacture and distribute at least 7 billion doses of the vaccine
In order to stop the pandemic, we need to make the vaccine available to almost every person on the planet. Something that has never been done before.
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Another big challenge of the vaccine: Who gets it first
One of the biggest challenges, once the vaccine is ready, is to decide who will get the vaccine when. As not everyone will be able to get the vaccine at the same time.
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Big issue for COVID-19 vaccine once ready
Gates says, “The big challenge will be making sure the vaccine works well in older people. The older you are, the less effective vaccines are. Your immune system—like the rest of your body—ages and is slower to recognize and attack invaders. That’s a big issue for a COVID-19 vaccine, since older people are the most vulnerable. We need to make sure they’re protected.”
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How many doses of vaccine will there be?
A vaccine you only get once is always easier and quicker to deliver. However, it is likely that we may need a multi-dose vaccine to get enough efficacy.
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There’s light at the end of the tunnel
Bill Gates ends his blog on an optimist note, writes that it might be a bit hard to see right now, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.