Bill Gates, global health advocate and world’s richest man for 18 years, says novel coronavirus vaccine could be ready for large-scale trials by June 2020.
Gates, who is the co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, also added that this virus has started to behave like a once-in-a-century pathogen.
In a paper written for the New England Journal of Medicine, Gates said leaders have two equally important responsibilities: solve the immediate problem and keep it from happening again.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is an excellent case in point. The world needs to save lives now while also improving the way we respond to outbreaks in general. The first point is more pressing, but the second has crucial long-term consequences,” Gates wrote.
“The long-term challenge—improving our ability to respond to outbreaks—isn’t new. Global health experts have been saying for years that another pandemic rivalling the speed and severity of the 1918 influenza epidemic wasn’t a matter of if but when.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed significant resources in recent years to helping the world prepare for such a scenario, and has most recently committed $100 million to battle the novel coronavirus.
Gates, who called on donor governments to help low- and middle-income countries, said: “the world also needs to accelerate work on treatments and vaccines for COVID-19”.
“Scientists were able to sequence the genome of the virus and develop several promising vaccine candidates in a matter of days, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations is already preparing up to eight promising vaccine candidates for clinical trials.
“If one or more of these vaccines proves safe and effective in animal models, they could be ready for larger-scale trials as early as June.
“Drug discovery can also be accelerated by drawing on libraries of compounds that have already been tested for safety and by applying new screening techniques, including machine learning, to identify antivirals that could be ready for large-scale clinical trials within weeks.
“All these steps would help address the current crisis. But we also need to make larger systemic changes so we can respond more efficiently and effectively when the next epidemic arrives.”
VACCINES SHOULDN’T BE SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER
Gates also called on governments and the pharmaceutical industry to ensure that vaccines are not sold to the highest bidders.
“Governments and industry will need to come to an agreement: During a pandemic, vaccines and antivirals won’t simply be sold to the highest bidder,” he said.
“They’ll be available and affordable for people who are at the heart of the outbreak and in greatest need. Not only is this the right thing to do, it’s also the right strategy for short-circuiting transmission and preventing future pandemics.
“These are the actions that leaders should be taking now. There is no time to waste.”
The coronavirus has spread to 56 countries as of February 28, 2020, infecting more than 80,000 people.
How Pastor Adeboye Son, Leke Adeboye Reacted After Loosing His Brother In Death
How Pastor Adeboye Son, Leke Adeboye Reacted After Loosing His Brother In Death—The Genius Media Nigeria reports that One of the sons of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Leke Adeboye, has reacted to the death of his brother, Pastor Dare Adeboye.
This reliable platform had earlier reported that Pastor Dare died at age forty-two without prior symptoms of sickness and was never on medication.
Dare who pastored one of the RCCG branches in Abuja was said to have officiated on Sunday and retired to his bed after church. He reportedly warned that he should not be disturbed during his rest.
According to the report, his wife, Temiloluwa Adeboye, noticed her husband’s unusual sleeping hours and could not reach him on phone. She reportedly raised the alarm and he was discovered dead.
Leke Adeboye in his reaction on his Facebook account posted a scripture from the bible on the death of the righteous.
He posted, “The righteous man perishes(at the hand of evil), and no one takes it to heart, Faithful and devout men are taken away, while no one understands. That the righteous person is taken away(to be spared) from evil and disaster.
Meanwhile, no official statement has been released by the family as of the time of filing this report.
Meet 80-Year Old Grandma And Grand-Daughter Arrested By NDLEA With 192KG Cocaine
Meet 80-Year Old Grandma And Grand-Daughter Arrested By NDLEA With 192KG Cocaine—-The Genius Media Nigeria reports that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an 80-year-old woman, Mrs Mary Adebayo, alongside her 19-year-old grand daughter, Funmilola Adebayo, with 192 kg of assorted drugs in Akure, Ondo state.
NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, in Abuja.
Babafemi said that two other ladies were also arrested along side the duo for selling assorted illicit drugs that included cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol and skuchies.
He said that the arrest came after intelligence-based raids and follow up operations on their locations on Sunday, May 2, 2021.
The NDLEA director added that the 192 kgs of cocaine and other psychotropic substances were recovered from the suspects, as they were arrested at 6:30am, on Sunday, at Ayeyemi Street, Akure South Local Government Area.
“During the early morning raid, the following were recovered from them: Skuchies – 149kg, cocaine – 11gm, methamphetamine 17gm, heroin – 3 gm, cannabis sativa – 4.914kg, swinol – 8gm and tramadol – 49 gm. “Also recovered from them were two deep freezers and a TVS motorcycle
“On the same date, at about 1:30pm, a raid carried out at Rate Hotel, Care Street, in Akure South LGA, also led to the arrest of 25-year-old Tessy Mathew, from whom 33 kgs of skuchies were recovered,’’ he said.
According to him, following preliminary interrogation of Mathew, a follow up operation was immediately launched leading to the arrest of another 25-year-old, Blessing Adesida, in Oshinle area of the LGA, from whom 3kg of skuchies and 7gms of cannabis were recovered.
Babafemi quoted the acting NDLEA commander, Callys Alumona, as saying that other members of the two drug gangs had been on a watch list and efforts to arrest them were ongoing.
Fani kayode Sing Praises Of FG And Nigerian Army
Fani kayode Sing Praises Of FG And Nigerian Army—A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has commended the trio of Kaduna State Govt., the FG & the @HQNigerianArmy for the rescue of 13 kidnapped persons from evil & barbaric terrorists in Gwagwada, Chikun LGA of Kaduna.
I commend the Kaduna State Govt., the FG & the @HQNigerianArmy for the rescue of 13 kidnapped persons from evil & barbaric terrorists in Gwagwada, Chikun LGA of Kaduna state earlier today after a fierce gun battle.
Way to go! More of this! I am proud of being a Nigerian again.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) May 5, 2021
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