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A question on many individual's minds is, "What will next year look like with the coronavirus pandemic?"
Philanthropist Bill Gates expressed an interesting vision about what the next year will look like. He appeared on a "CNN Town Hall" event last night, and here's what he had to say:
"I think the therapeutics is actually the most promising thing and not talked about as much as the vaccines because if you have multiple therapeutics that, between them, are reducing the death rate and the amount of serious sickness by over 80%, probably over 90%, that does start to reduce the horrific burden," the philanthropist said.
"So I think by the end of the year, therapeutics will be making a big difference," he said. Gates said by the first half of 2021, the first round of vaccines could be approved.
"Then by the end of 2021, if people are willing to take the vaccine, we'll be able to stop the transmission in the rich countries and maybe within nine months after that in the world at large," he said.
Additionally, today, another CNN update shared the opinion of Dr. Anthony Fauci about his thoughts regarding 2021.
The 7/24 CNN update explains,
"A Covid-19 likely won't be "widely available" to people in the US until "several months” into next year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday.
“I think as we get into 2021, several months in, that you would have [a] vaccine that would be widely available to people in the United States,” Fauci told the Washington Post’s Robert Costa during a Post Live event.
It is a clear acknowledgement that although the federal government hopes at least one experimental vaccine candidate would be proven to safely protect people against coronavirus before the end of this year, it would take months to get through the approval process, manufactured and widely distributed.
Click here to read the full CNN update on 7/23 and to watch the corresponding video.
And click here to read the above referenced CNN update/article for 7/24.