Microsoft founder said he had spent a lot of time, money, and energy fighting against the coronavirus pandemic. He concluded that people have never made more progress in fighting against any disease than against COVID-19.
Even though the world continues to struggle with the novel coronavirus, which only continues to spread, Bill Gates is confident that there are several reasons for hope in defeating it.
First of all, people have come to terms with the need to wear face masks and maintain social distance. These and similar measures will help slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives while vaccines are being developed.
Along with this, the whole world rallied to fight the pandemic. People showed their best side and gained experience that will help them cooperate in other difficult situations. The fact that humanity could find vaccines against coronavirus in a short time is already worth a lot. Under normal circumstances, it can take ten years to develop a vaccine.
With so many companies taking different approaches, it was much more likely that some would prove to be safe and effective. There are already two of them, and even more may appear in the near future.
It is estimated that at least 70% of the world's population must be vaccinated to prevent the disease's spread. Thus, companies must produce more than 5 billion doses of the vaccine.
Bill Gates also noted that one of the main reasons why vaccines are usually developed so slowly is financial risks. However, this time pharmaceuticals shared production resources and technologies. Besides, they also shared financial risks among themselves with the support of the state and various funds.
Gates expressed the hope that people will stop spreading conspiracy theories about vaccines and being skeptical about them.
Gates also said that using antibodies as the way to fight the disease is another advance in the development of medicine. Also, technologies for testing coronavirus are developing every day. The entrepreneur is confident that very soon, people will be able to take the express test independently.
Bill Gates believes that coronavirus in third world countries is not as dire as it could be. Initially, he assumed that developing countries would not cope with the pandemic, and now he notes that he was glad to be wrong about it.