The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has allocated $ 750 million to produce and distribute a vaccine for COVID-19 developed by the University of Oxford.
The money comes from an agreement with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which works with organizations fighting to protect the world from infectious diseases such as COVID-19: Serum Institute of India (SII), Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and Gavi Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), the latter two of which are directly funded by Gates.
Millions of Gates will support the delivery of 300 million doses of a vaccine called AZD1222. The first missions are expected to begin by the end of 2020.
A separate licensing agreement with SII will provide one billion installments to low- and middle-income countries, with 400 million to be disbursed before 2021.
Overall, AstraZeneca reports that it can produce two billion doses of AZD1222 "without profit during the pandemic". The US and the UK have already planned to receive 300 + 100 million doses.
This move is in line with Gates' strategy for the rapid development of a vaccine COVID-19: "Develop seven vaccines at once and hopefully one of them will work - even if billions of dollars are wasted."
Indeed, there is currently no guarantee that the AZD1222 will prove effective. The first indication will come in August, the earliest.
However, the University of Oxford is beginning trials in Phases II / III of AZD1222 with approximately 10.000 adult volunteers. AstraZeneca said that the final tests will begin in some countries.
"AstraZeneca recognizes that the vaccine may not work but is committed to advancing the clinical program rapidly and increasing production," the company said.
Gates, on the other hand, has finally expressed his frustration with a persistent conspiracy theory that wants Microsoft co-founder to monitor the human race. implanting them microchips with his vaccines COVID-19.
"I have never been involved with a microchip", stated recently Gates in Business Insider. "It's almost hard to deny these things because they are so stupid and weird."