Bill Gate, the Microsoft billionaire has said that getting vaccines to Seven billion people would be challenging but a target that must be worked towards.
The global population is estimated to be over seven billion, which means Bill Gates is hoping to have potential vaccines produced with his foundation’s funding to reach the entire global population.
He however said on The Daily Show that “Seven billion people, that’s a tall order, but it is where we need to get to.”
Bill Gates foundation is currently funding the construction of factories for seven coronavirus vaccine candidates.
He said that move means wasting billions of dollars but worth it to save the world economy.
Gates said “It’ll be a few billion dollars we’ll waste on manufacturing for the constructs that don’t get picked because something else is better.
But a few billion in this situation we’re in, where there’s trillions of dollars – a thousand times more – trillions of dollars being lost economically, it is worth it.”
“Even though we’ll end up picking at most two of them, we’re going to fund factories for all seven, just so that we don’t waste time in serially saying, ‘OK, which vaccine works?’ and then building the factory,” he said.
Gates providing enough funding for a vaccine Gates told host of the show Trevor Noah, that “Because our foundation has such deep expertise in infectious diseases, we’ve thought about the epidemic, we did fund some things to be more prepared, like a vaccine effort.”