Bill Gates says the ‘final hurdle’ to a COVID-19 vaccine will be ensuring that people actually use it

Business Insider reports the final roadblock to distributing a coronavirus vaccine will be ensuring that enough people actually take it, Bill Gates said in a recent interview with CNN. The billionaire philanthropist and cofounder of Microsoft has contributed millions toward coronavirus research.

“You’ll have a choice of whether you take the vaccine or not,” Gates said to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta in a Coronavirus Town Hall. “So there’s that final hurdle.”

Three-quarters of Americans said they would take a coronavirus vaccine if they were assured it was safe, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll published in May. About 40% of American adults surveyed said they would take if after it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, while 38% said they would take it after extensive peer-reviewed clinical trials. Thirty-eight percent of respondents also said they would wait until much of the public had taken the vaccine before taking it themselves.

More than 28,000 people have also joined an organization called 1Day Sooner, which runs human challenge trials to help test vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, according to The Washington Post.

There are more than 140 vaccine projects in development, according to The World Health Organization. Although research is moving quickly, there are still many challenges around gathering data to show that a vaccine would work and ramping up the necessary production, as Business Insider’s Andrew Dunn has reported.

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