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Bill Gates reportedly expects a coronavirus vaccine in early 2021 – CNET


Bill Gates reckons a coronavirus vaccine might arrive early next year.

James Martin/CNET

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Bill Gates doesn’t expect a coronavirus vaccine until early next year, CNBC reported Tuesday. The Microsoft co-founder contradicted President Donald Trump’s hint that we’ll see a vaccine prior to the Nov. 3 election, by suggesting that none of the ones in development are likely to seek approval before the end of October.

“I do think once you get into, say, December or January, the chances are that at least two or three will (seek approval) — if the effectiveness is there,” he reportedly said.

Separately, he told Bloomberg that he doesn’t trust the FDA (which will approve a vaccine) or the CDC — noting that their credibility has been hurt by Trump administration’s attitude towards science and medicine.

The novel strain of coronavirus, which can develop into a respiratory illness known as COVID-19, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and has spread worldwide. As of Tuesday, more than 29 million people have tested positive for the virus and over 929,000 have died worldwide. Over 6.5 million of those cases were in the US, with more than 194,000 deaths having been linked to the virus. 

Neither the Gates Foundation, the FDA nor the CDC immediately responded to requests for comment.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.


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