Billionaire philanthropist Melinda Gates is funding research on potential coronavirus vaccines. Here’s how she thinks they should be distributed.
Healthcare workers should get it first, Gates said, followed by people with underlying health conditions. The US will have to work on a plan to distribute the vaccine fairly, she added, particularly given how the federal government has mishanded the distribution of equipment like masks and protective gear during the pandemic.
“We need to look at, okay, does Mississippi get this vaccine at the same time California gets it and New York gets it?” she said. “We can’t do this game that we’re playing right now where you have 50 different states competing for resources for masks and PPE, that makes zero sense. You need a national strategy that will equitably distribute this vaccine and we first look at the vulnerable populations.”
Gates said there’s a “high likelihood” we will have an effective vaccine in 18 months. While that matches the timline given by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, vaccines still face great unknowns in going through clinical testing.
In particular, a vaccine has to be safe …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]