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Covid-19: Bill Gates predicts the end of the pandemic | The Economist

Bill Gates had long warned of the risk that a new virus would go global. Now he explains to Zanny Minton Beddoes, our editor-in-chief, how—and when—the covid-19 pandemic is likely to end.

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00:00 Introduction
00:50 Are we spending enough?
01:51 Why aren't we spending the billions to save the trillions?
03:35 What is realistic for the global coverage of a vaccine?
04:55 Will anti-vaxxers be a problem?
06:07 How far has this set back progress in the emerging world?

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Coronavirus Mutations and COVID 19 Vaccine Implications with Shane Crotty, PhD (SARS CoV 2 Variants)

Professor Shane Crotty, Ph.D. explains recent coronavirus mutations and how they might impact COVID 19 vaccines and transmission. COVID-19 research of Prof. Crotty and his team was published Jan. 6, 2021, in the prestigious Journal Science:

Prof. Shane Crotty is a Professor at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research, Crotty Lab. Prof. Crotty also has an academic appointment with the University of California San Diago. See his full bio here:
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Interviewer: Kyle Allred, Physician Assistant, Producer and Co-Founder of MedCram.com


TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO INCLUDE:

0:00 Intro
0:08 SARS-CoV-2 / COVID 19 mutations (UK variant etc.) and implications for COVID-19 vaccines
10:58 How to test if coronavirus variants can escape immunity
12:28 How have mutations made this virus more transmissible?
17:44 Could mutations make vaccines less than 50% effective?
24:15 Possible changes to vaccine schedules (one dose, half dose)?
35:34 Could alternate COVID-19 vaccine schedule make mutations more likely?
38:29 What is next for Prof. Crotty and his team?

(This video was recorded on January 5, 2021)

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REFERENCES:

Viral mutations may cause another ‘very, very bad’ COVID-19 wave, scientists warn (Science) |

Vaccine Tracker (Bloomberg) |

FDA Statement on Following the Auth. Dosing Schedules for COVID-19 Vaccines |

S-variant SARS-CoV-2 is assoc. with sig. higher viral loads in samples tested by ThermoFisher TaqPath RT-QPCR (MedRxiv) |

Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) System |

UK reports new variant, termed VUI 202012/01 (GISAID)

Covid-19 in South Africa: Scientists seek to understand new variant (BBC) |

Mutation Allows Coronavirus to Infect More Cells. Scientists Urge Caution (NY Times) |

The UK is delaying second vaccine shots and it’s proving controversial (CNBC)

The receptor binding domain of the SARS-CoV-2 (News Medical Life Sciences) |

NY Times article highlighting Prof. Shane Crotty's research:


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