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When will a previously tested SARS-CoV-2 vaccine begin to be produced at a manufacturing facility whose construction was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation?

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus is a novel betacoronavirus that likely emerged late last year from an animal reservoir in China. There is little to no pre-existing immunity against it in the human population. The clinical picture for the disease it causes, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), ranges from very mild to fatal. The virus is highly transmissible and has spread globally.

On 2020-04-03, philanthropist Bill Gates announced that his foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, would be funding the construction of factories ready to manufacture any seven of the most “promising” SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates and then would manufacture one to two of them, depending on forthcoming clinical trial data.

This question asks: When will a previously tested SARS-CoV-2 vaccine begin to be produced at a manufacturing facility whose construction was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation?

For our purposes, a vaccine is a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.

The vaccine candidate must have been previously been administered to at least 100 people as part of a SARS-CoV-2 clinical trial.

This question resolves as the date when the first article is published that presents the claim that a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine has begun to be produced at a manufacturing facility whose construction was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This article must be authored by at least one of those involved in the funding, organizing, or researching of this effort. The credibility of this article will be determined by Metaculus. Pre-prints will be considered and need not be peer-reviewed.

If this does not resolve before 08 April 2023, it resolves as >08 April 2023.

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