Bill Gates believes that antibody drugs in development could make a big difference for the coronavirus pandemic. The Microsoft founder spoke to the Wall Street Journal about how he sees the drugs playing a role in the eradication of the virus.
Gates called the antibody drugs “pretty exciting” at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit. The drugs are known as monoclonal antibodies and were part of the treatment President Trump received during his coronavirus hospital visit. “The reduction in death rate there could be pretty high, and those will be out in volume by the end of the year, at least in the rich countries,” Gates said, per the Wall Street Journal. Antibody drugs are designed to act as antibodies created by the immune system and would help fight the virus. He also said that a vaccine would help things get close to normal by the end of 2021.
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He also said it was important to begin spreading the word about the effectiveness of a vaccine since it’s only as effective as the number of people that take it. “Here in the U.S., we should already be thinking about which voices will help reduce the hesitancy,” he said of helping reduce stigma around vaccinations, “The CDC that normally speaks out on these things hasn’t yet had that much visibility.
Gates and his wife Melinda have done extensive work on vaccine development and disease eradication as part of their work in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has spoken extensively on the pandemic and its ongoing timeline, including when he sees it ending and the urgency of coronavirus.
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