Gates Sees ‘Miracle’ Tools for AIDS by 2030 in Vaccine and Drugs

Monday, January 26, 2015

Two new tools to fight AIDS should be available by 2030 in the form of a vaccine and new intense drug treatments, ending most cases of a disease that has killed millions in the past 30 years, Bill Gates said.

The Microsoft founder, whose philanthropic foundation has poured millions of dollars into medical research, told the World Economic Forum in Davos the “two miracles” were within reach in the coming years.

“We’re pretty optimistic in this 15-year period we will get those two new tools,” Gates told a session late on Friday.

A vaccine is seen as pivotal in preventing new infections among susceptible populations, while new kinds of intense drug treatments should do away with the need for life-long pills, he said.

Gates, whose Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plays a major role in funding medical research, is also optimistic about the fight against malaria, where work on a vaccine is more advanced than for AIDS.

GlaxoSmithKline filed the world’s first malaria vaccine for approval in July last year.

Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)

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