Bill Gates on vaccine: Not everyone will be willing to take it right away
CNN's Anderson Cooper and Bill Gates discuss the state of the coronavirus pandemic in the US and which Covid-19 treatments in the testing phase could be promising for widespread use.
Sen. Kamala Harris said she would take a Covid-19 vaccine if doctors said it was safe but not if Donald Trump said to take it. We're learning more about who will be first to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Ruth Faden of Johns Hopkins University says it will be rolled out in four phases, going to health care workers and first responders first. For the first time in 114 years, the world's biggest New Years Eve party is going to take a pass this year. People will not be allowed to gather in Times Square in New York City for the countdown to the end of what some call the worst year ever. Usually, one million people attend. Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, delivers a video message at the high-level side event "Accelerating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic".
This event hosted by The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the UN Secretary-General aims to build stronger political consensus for a coordinated global response to COVID-19 and champion the importance and urgency of equitable access to new tools, especially effective vaccines. It also seeks to catalyze a step-change in support for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), the most promising solution for global equitable access to the tools needed to accelerate the end of the pandemic.
The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is a groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.
There is no time to waste in the fight against COVID-19.
No-one is safe until everyone is safe.
Launched at the end of April 2020, at an event co-hosted by the Director-General of the World Health Organization, the President of France, the President of the European Commission, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator brings together governments, scientists, businesses, civil society, and philanthropists and global health organizations (the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CEPI, FIND, Gavi, The Global Fund, Unitaid, Wellcome, the WHO, and the World Bank). National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins says the coronavirus vaccines in trials will be held to "the highest standards ever applied" and calls America's polarization on the pandemic "unfortunate."