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‘Miracle’ tools for Aids

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bill Gates predicts HIV vaccine by 2030.

Bill Gates believes that a vaccine and new intensive drugs to combat HIV should be available by 2030 and end most new cases of the virus that has killed millions in the past three decades.The lives of people in poor countries is expected to improve faster in the next 15 years as innovation and technology drives optimism for a sustainable future, says leading philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The Microsoft founder, whose philanthropic foundation spends tens of millions of dollars on medical research, told the World Economic Forum in Davos that the two “miracles” were within reach. A vaccine was seen as being pivotal in preventing infections among susceptible populations, while new kinds of intense drug treatments should do away with the need for life-long treatment, he added.

The couple said in their annual letter about the foundation’s work that, along with progress toward a vaccine or a cure, the number of people getting treatment for HIV in sub-Saharan Africa would finally outstrip the number of new infections. “When we reach that point in the region with the most dense HIV transmission in the world, cases will start going down everywhere around the globe for the first time since the disease was discovered more than 30 years ago,” they wrote. “We won’t see the end of Aids,” Gates told the Davos forum on Friday. “But both for malaria and Aids we’re seeing the tools that will let us do 95-100% reduction. It can also be used as a preventative measure to those in high-risk groups and there have been growing calls to make Truvada more widely available in Britain, particularly to gay men.

This will revolutionise everything: agriculture, access to digital payments, low transaction costs, women’s empowerment and education, he said adding “if you want to pick one thing in an economy, education is a master switch of economic improvement.” “Countries are following others that have done it right. Bill and Melinda said they believe with innovation in agriculture, within 15 years Africa will be able to feed itself, with access to latest seeds adapted to African regions.

Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institute, Sweden echoed similar sentiments and said “we have made tremendous progress in this world”.

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