The Covid nightmare will drag on until the end of 2022, warned billionaire and IT mogul Bill Gates.
In an interview, the Microsoft co-founder said Covid vaccines would bring the world back to normal by next year.
Speaking to Polish publication Gazeta Wyborcza and TVN24, he described the pandemic as “an incredible tragedy,” but added that the end was in sight.
He said, “By the end of 2022, we should basically be back to normal.”
Bill Gates resigned as chairman of Microsoft Corp in 2014.
He has provided at least $ 1.75 billion through his philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the global response to the Covid pandemic.
This includes support from some manufacturers of vaccines, diagnostics, and potential treatments.
The COVAX facility, supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), is set to secure 2 billion doses of vaccine for lower-income countries by the end of 2021.
In the UK, 28.9 million people received a first dose of protection against coronavirus in a mass vaccination.
By Friday, 2.7 million people had received the second dose of one of the vaccines currently approved in the country.
NHS England said Wednesday that an additional 69 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total confirmed deaths in hospitals in England to 85,980.
In the UK, the latest figures for the entire pandemic show a total of 4,319,128 people tested positive for the disease with a daily rate of 6,397.
Boris Johnson’s roadmap, which is no longer blocked, is slowly going into effect. New restrictions will be lifted from Monday.
England has been on another lockdown since it was imposed in January.