Bill Gates said in an interview with Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and television broadcaster TVN24 that thanks to Covid-19 vaccinations, the world should be back to normal by the end of 2022.
“This is an amazing disaster,” said the Microsoft co-founder of the pandemic, adding that the only good news was vaccine availability.
“By the end of 2022, we should be pretty much back to normal,” Gate says.
Gates, a billionaire who stepped down as chairman of Microsoft Corp in 2014, has pledged at least $1.75 billion to the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic through his philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This includes backing for several vaccine, diagnostic, and treatment firms.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Allian help the COVAX facility.
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Coronavirus restrictions could be loosened by the Fourth of July, according to Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious diseases expert. If vaccinations continue and the number of new COVID-19 cases every day decreases, coronavirus restrictions could be loosened by then.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the former Microsoft chairman’s prediction comes when many countries emphasise vaccines, including the United States, which has administered more than 130 million doses.
As of Wednesday morning, one-quarter of the American population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 14% had been completely vaccinated.
The CDC also issued recommendations for fully vaccinated people this month, stating that they should congregate inside with other fully vaccinated people and low-risk unvaccinated people without masks or social distancing, and that they would not need to be screened or quarantined if they were asymptomatic after exposure.
Meanwhile, the United States has been pressured to share its vaccine stockpile with other nations, and last week agreed to give millions of extra doses to Mexico and Canada.
President Biden has also promised $4 billion to Covax, a global initiative committed to providing vaccines to developing nations, including $2 billion in immediate support.