Bill Gates fears people may reject COVID-19 vaccine due to social media misinformation. The novel disease has taken it’s toll on the world, scientists strives to create the cure for the pandemic and here are some of the promising coronavirus vaccine in the pipeline.
Microsoft Billionaire Gates have invested time and resources of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in pursuit of the COVID-19 vaccine. But the Tech billionaire fears not everyone will like to use it due to social media misinformation and coronavirus vaccine conspiracy theories on social platforms.
The final roadblock to distributing a coronavirus vaccine will be ensuring that enough people actually take it, Bill Gates said in a recent interview with CNN. The billionaire philanthropist and cofounder of Microsoft has contributed millions toward coronavirus research.
“You’ll have a choice of whether you take the vaccine or not,” Gates said to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta in a Coronavirus Town Hall. “So there’s that final hurdle.”
Bill Gates Fears People May Reject COVID-19 Vaccine
Three-quarters of Americans said they would take a coronavirus vaccine if they were assured it was safe, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll published in May. About 40% of American adults surveyed said they would take if after it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, while 38% said they would take it after extensive peer-reviewed clinical trials. Thirty-eight percent of respondents also said they would wait until much of the public had taken the vaccine before taking it themselves.
More than 28,000 people have also joined an organization called 1Day Sooner, which runs human challenge trials to help test vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, according to The Washington Post.
There are more than 140 vaccine projects in development, according to The World Health Organization. Although research is moving quickly, there are still many challenges around gathering data to show that a vaccine would work and ramping up the necessary production,
The US Department of Health and Human Services is aiming to deliver 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by January 2021 as part of its broader strategy around the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.
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