#Vaccines for Covid-19 should be distributed based on Equity -‘We’ll have a deadlier pandemic- Bill Gates warns

So far, countries and companies are working harder in producing a vaccine to the market, concerns have risen about wealthier nations receiving more drugs than developing countries.

However, there have been calls for future vaccines to be treated as public goods for everyone, without profit.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, during a remote Covid-19 conference hosted by the International AIDS Society on Saturday, July 11, also raised raise voice concerning Covid-19 medications and future vaccines. Saying that they are to be distributed to people who need them most and not to “the highest bidder”.

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“If we just drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we’ll have a longer, more unjust deadlier pandemic,” he said.

“We need leaders to make these hard decisions about distribution based on equity, not just on market-driven factors,” he added.

The World Health Organization disclosed that 21 candidates vaccines are currently in clinical trials being tested on human volunteers, three of which are in the third phase of those trials.

U.S biotech firm Moderna, U.K pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, and China’s Sinovac Biotech have improved on developing vaccine candidates for the Covid-19.

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Therefore, Moderna, which is working with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, in recent times stated that its late-stage trial for a vaccine will be delayed, perhaps by a few weeks.

A potential vaccine being developed by the drug giant Pfizer and the biotech firm, BioNTech has amassed immune responses in healthy patients but also cased fever and other side effects.

Gates, a billionaire philanthropist, said the main gist of the battle against HIV/AIDS two decades ago is the significance of creating a fair global distribution system to make drugs available for everyone.

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He said the AIDS quandary serves as a model in making Covid-19 drugs more equally and widely available, stating to the 2002 Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria for example.

“Global cooperation, a resolve to invent the tools and get them out where they’re needed most is critical. When we have those things, nations, institutions, and advocates working together on this collective response, we do see a remarkable impact,” Gates said.

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