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Bill Gates exclusive: Expect six COVID-19 vaccine approvals by first quarter

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As the race for COVID-19 vaccine intensifies, Microsoft founder and known philanthropist, Bill Gates expects six vaccines by 2021. In a conversation with CNBC-TV18’s Shereen Bhan, he said that his foundation is working with global vaccine manufacturers, in particular, the Serum Institute.

As the race for COVID-19 vaccine intensifies, Microsoft founder and known philanthropist, Bill Gates expects six vaccines by 2021. In a conversation with CNBC-TV18’s Shereen Bhan, he said that his foundation is working with global vaccine manufacturers, in particular, the Serum Institute.
“I would say the western regulators are doing a great job. The UK regulator, MHRA, the USFDA, they are running the stage 3 trials in an incredibly professional way - looking into side effects, the efficacy. So, I expect we will have about six vaccines approved by the first quarter,” he said.
“Hopefully, we will have Astrazeneca, J&J, Pfizer, Moderna. Now, Pfizer and Moderna – although they were the fastest, they are harder to scale, the manufacturing, thermo-stability and the cost per unit is higher. So, we are working with global manufacturers and in particular, Serum institute in India, and they are already manufacturing the Astrazeneca vaccine. And, in the future, there will be an arrangement where they can also make the Novovax vaccine and then will also find second sources for J&J,” he explained the plans.
“A lot of the scaling will be classic, non-mRNA vaccines. But the goal is to get these things out as much as possible, within 2021. So, even in the developing countries the pandemic is over, by sometime in 2022 and although, the case numbers in the short run in the US and many countries have gone up and could be up in next 4-5 months. This vaccine work is phenomenal.” Gates said.
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