NetEase Technology News April 5, according to foreign media reports, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (Bill Gates) recently accepted the “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah (Trevor Noah) (Trevor Noah) interview, announced that The foundation plans to spend billions of dollars to build a new factory for the development and production of seven vaccines that are effective against new coronaviruses.
After expressing concerns about how the epidemic will be handled, Gates confirmed that he will provide funds for the new plant to produce seven different new coronavirus vaccines. This effort may cost him billions of dollars, and ultimately could not achieve the desired goal. However, Gates believes that this is something that needs to be done as soon as possible, because we cannot waste time.
Gates revealed that its foundation mobilized resources faster than government departments. He said: “Because our foundation has deep expertise in dealing with infectious diseases, we have considered this epidemic. We did fund certain preparations, such as efforts to develop vaccines. Our early funding can be Accelerate work in this area. “
Gates has studied existing vaccines and decided to build factories for seven of them. He said: “Although we will only choose at most two of these vaccines, we will provide funding for all seven vaccine plants so that we will not waste time in order to screen the” what vaccine is effective “and then build factory.”
Gates explained that he has the advantage that the government does not, that is, he can quickly test and ensure that multiple promising vaccines are put into production as soon as possible, hoping to bring at least one vaccine to the market as soon as possible.
He said: “We may waste billions of dollars in vaccines that have not been selected because of better choices. But in the situation we are in now, it is worth billions of dollars to waste. . We will help start this project, saving months of time, and now every moment is crucial. “
Gates also said: “If we take the correct measures, things may start again in the summer, but they will not fully return to normal. We are still very worried and may require the use of masks outdoors. These extraordinary measures will continue to be implemented until all Everyone is vaccinated to minimize losses. “
A few days ago, Gates published a column in the Washington Post explaining how the world makes up for lost time. He wrote: “In order to contain the new coronavirus epidemic, we need a safe and effective vaccine. If it goes well, we may develop a vaccine in less than 18 months, which is by far the fastest development rate Vaccine. But developing a vaccine is only half the battle. To protect the United States and the world ’s people, we need to produce billions of doses of vaccine. “
Gates continued: “We can now start building facilities to produce these vaccines. Since many of the most promising vaccines are produced using unique equipment, we will have to build specialized facilities for each vaccine, but some facilities may start from the beginning. It will not be used in the end. Private companies cannot bear this risk, but the government can. The US government reached an agreement with at least two companies this week to prepare for vaccine production, which is a good sign. I hope that next There will be more similar transactions. “
As early as 2015, Gates warned the world in a TED speech that infectious diseases such as new coronaviruses will appear around the world, saying that we are not ready to respond. He and his wife Melinda have pledged $ 100 million to fight the new coronavirus. It is unclear whether the funds will be used to build vaccine production plants, or where the rest of the funds will come from.