Bill Gates warned about the emergence of future pandemics that could leave lethal consequences for humanity. The Microsoft co-founder expressed his concern during a fundraising event organized by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), about the possible appearance of diseases more deadly than the coronavirus covid-19 and its variants.
The philanthropist also urged the world’s richest countries to increase funding for vaccines. in order to prepare for potentially catastrophic outbreaks for society. “As the world responds to the challenge of a rapidly evolving virus, the need to offer new tools to save lives has never been more urgent”, warned.
On several occasions, Gates praised the work that was done on vaccines Y He has insisted that the poorest countries be inoculated as soon as possible. For this reason, through the CEPI, he reflected on his fight against Covid-19 and announced that they are preparing for future epidemics.
“Today we are increasing our commitment and pledging $150 million to help CEPI accelerate the development of safe and effective vaccines against emerging variants of the coronavirus and to prepare for the next pandemic and possibly even prevent it,” according to appointment LadBible that the philanthropist asserted.
After this disbursement, the Coalition promised to guarantee, within approximately 100 days, the development of more vaccines to contain new variants of Covid-19 and prepare for future epidemics. The Financial Times notes that CEPI tries to collect $350 billion to shorten the time it takes to develop a new vaccine.
“Our work over the last 20 years has taught us that early investment in research and development can save lives and prevent bad scenarios,” Gates added during the announcements. It should be remembered that CEPI was born in 2017 after the Ebola and Zika epidemics with the financial support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In this sense, he recognized the work against the clock that the Coalition team did to carry out urgent trials of several of the vaccines against the virus. “It was money at risk that got the trials going. There was a large overall benefit. We are all much smarter now and we need more capacity next time.”
Days ago, Gates responded on Twitter to the query of Dr. Devi Sridhar, a member of the publication Global Public Health, on what was the invention that had represented the greatest leap in the face of the pandemic. “The vaccines that we currently have [contra el Covid-19] are very good at preventing severe illness and death, but they are still missing two very important things”, he said and regretted that these “they still allow infection.” In addition, he noted that scientific evidence indicates that current immunizations “they have a limited duration in their effectiveness”.
For this reason, Gates argues that “The true end of the pandemic will be when they develop vaccines that prevent reinfection and are durable over time.