Bill Gates believes it will take 18 months to develop a coronavirus vaccine but says money is no object and he’s happy to keep writing cheques

By James Wood For Mailonline |

The 64-year-old business magnate claimed that – due to a lack of global preparation for the pandemic – it would take some time to create a working treatment (pictured on the BBC)

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said it will likely take 18 months to develop a coronavirus vaccine – and that getting it ‘shouldn’t be limited by money’.

The 64-year-old business magnate claimed that – due to a lack of global preparation for the pandemic – it would take some time to create a working treatment.

And he warned that even with an 18-month timescale, corners would have to be cut as there will be ‘less safety testing than we typically would have’.

Vaccines typically take around five or six years to complete, he said. Due to the ongoing global spread however, the process will have to be fast-tracked.

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