Gates: vaccine within 15 years

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02 Mar 2015

Bill Gates believes there will be a vaccine and a new generation of drugs to beat HIV by 2030. If achieved, such a development could potentially end most new cases of the disease.

The founder of Microsoft — whose philanthropic foundation spends tens of millions of dollars on medical research — told the World Economic Forum in Davos that the two “miracles” were within reach. “We’re pretty optimistic,” said Gates (pictured with wife Melinda).

A vaccine is seen as pivotal in preventing new infections among vulnerable populations while new intensive treatments could see the end of people living with HIV having to take lifelong medication. “We won’t see the end of AIDS,” Gates said, “but [reduction] tools will be invented during this 15-year period.”