Bill Gates feels optimistic about the development of a vaccine against the coronavirus. thelikely to receive FDA clearance, one from Pfizer and one from Moderna, appear to be 95% effective against the virus. But Microsoft co-founder and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also has high hopes for vaccines that have yet to make the headlines, including those developed by AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax.
“Almost any vaccine will work and with very high levels of effectiveness,” Gates told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday in an interview. “I am optimistic that by February it is very likely that they will all prove to be very effective and safe. “But the world is not out of the woods yet.
“We should be very worried for the next six months,” Gates said, adding that he believed the daily death rate from the virus will exceed 2,000 for much of the winter. He also discussed issues related to testing and vaccine distribution, but believes those challenges will be met.
“In a slightly imperfect way, I think the logistics will be worked out,” Gates said. “Over time, we will reach that level of 70% and more that we need to stop the spread of the disease. ”
Gates says his own Thanksgiving dinner will be small, and he’ll set up a video connection with family members who aren’t present. He urged Americans to wear masks and socially distance themselves as we continue to wait for a vaccine.
“You know,” he said, “try not to make your family the last to die in this pandemic because you’re ready to see it until spring, which is when the vaccine really starts to cut the numbers. . “
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