Bill Gates donates $10m to Australian trial of immune-boosting vaccine

5/05/2020 8:59:00 AM

The largest donation to Australia's COVID-19 research effort comes after weeks of Zoom calls between a Melbourne researcher and Bill Gates' scientific advisers.

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The largest donation to Australia's COVID-19 research effort comes after weeks of Zoom calls between a Melbourne researcher and Bill Gates' scientific advisers.

The billionaire Microsoft founder's funding, the largest single donation to Australia’s COVID-19 research effort so far, comes after weeks of discussions between the Melbourne-based lead researcher, Professor Nigel Curtis, and Mr Gates' scientific advisers.

Credit:AdvertisementThe studyCredit:"I then had numerous intense Zoom conversations with Bill Gates' scientific advisers," Professor Curtis said.Professor Curtis is hesitant to put a time frame on when the trial could produce results but said it would likely be at least three to six months.

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Larger text size Very large text size Bill Gates has donated $10 million to an Australian trial of a vaccine that researchers hope will prevent severe cases of COVID-19 in at-risk groups such as healthcare workers and the elderly., new treatments and better tests for the disease would only amount to a "down payment" on the tools required to effectively fight the virus.Play video At the moment, doctors strap a breathing mask to a patient's face, and then put an N95 mask on top – a fair solution but one that does not guarantee the patient will not spread the virus.'Entirely possible' vaccine could be developed by year's end 04/05/2020 | 5min Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews says it is “entirely possible” for a COVID-19 vaccine to be developed by the end of this year at the earliest.

The billionaire Microsoft founder's funding, the largest single donation to Australia’s COVID-19 research effort so far, comes after weeks of discussions between the Melbourne-based lead researcher, Professor Nigel Curtis, and Mr Gates' scientific advisers. The trial is testing an immune-boosting vaccine typically used against tuberculosis called BCG. The leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Norway and top European Union officials said the money raised would be channelled mostly through recognised global health organisations. It will now expand internationally to the Netherlands and Spain with the aim of testing the vaccine’s effect on 10,000 healthcare workers worldwide. He thinks his snorkels may present a cheaper and more effective alternative. Professor Nigel Curtis is leading the trial of a vaccine to boost the body's immune response to COVID-19.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 250,000 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University . Credit: Jason South Professor Curtis said it is hoped the BCG vaccine could be used as a stop-gap booster against coronavirus until a specific COVID-19 vaccine is developed – estimated to be 12 to 18 months away but with no guarantees. Favourite.

Advertisement "Over the last decade we've learnt the BCG vaccine seems to enhance the first part of the immune system, making our initial response faster and stronger," he said. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. One plans to give probiotics to nurses to see if that reduces their COVID-19-related stress. "We’re trialling to see if it has this effect on coronavirus. We know healthcare workers are at the highest risk of getting serious cases of COVID-19. We’re hoping with this vaccine they would get less severe infections, recover faster and therefore be able to get back to work. A fourth trial will try high-dose zinc injected straight into COVID-19 patients." The study at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and has so far recruited 2500 healthcare workers across Australia.

The Bill and Melinda Gates finalised its $10m donation within weeks. Credit: AP Professor Curtis said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – which has so far donated about $US250 million ($388 million) worldwide to COVID-19 research – made contact with his group about a month ago. "But what this also highlights is the need for co-ordination, collaboration and strategic leadership that overarches all that. "I then had numerous intense Zoom conversations with Bill Gates' scientific advisers," Professor Curtis said. "He has a whole system of advisers who check what you're doing and help to optimise the design. They were very helpful." While innovative, scientists say the diversity of approaches to tacking COVID-19 is indicative of a wider problem: the lack of a co-ordinated national research strategy.

"We had conversations most days, so it's felt like a long few weeks, but this is the fastest time that Bill Gates' foundation has ever agreed to donate to a trial." Professor Curtis is hesitant to put a time frame on when the trial could produce results but said it would likely be at least three to six months. "We see it being used especially if there's a second wave of COVID-19 in Australia or overseas," said Professor Curtis, a clinician and researcher at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The University of Melbourne. "More importantly it's a proof of principle. If we can show this boosts the immune system, this would be something off the shelf that can bridge the gap for other groups before coronavirus-specific vaccines come about.

" Loading To assess the interaction between the BCG vaccine and COVID-19, the trial relies on healthcare workers who have received the vaccine coming into contact with coronavirus cases. That means the trial's expansion in the coming weeks to 4000 healthcare workers in the Netherlands and Spain, where COVID-19 is currently more prominent than Australia, will be crucial. The $10 million donation will also allow the trial to expand to Monash and Epworth hospitals in Melbourne and The Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, plus sites in Perth and Adelaide. "Generally the only risk is a small scar," Professor Curtis said. "The vaccine has been around almost 100 years.

About 130 million doses every year are given to children in countries where tuberculosis is still prominent … so production could be ramped up." Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged $352 million on Monday towards a $12.5 billion worldwide COVID-19 research fund arranged by the World Health Organisation. Over the weekend, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Professor Curtis' research team released a statement warning the BCG vaccine should only be used in clinical trials at the moment. The in March, after early but limited evidence of its effectiveness against COVID-19 led to US President Donald Trump spruiking its potential.

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