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Bill Gates Warns World Might Not Return To Normal Until 2022

by : Emily Brown on : 01 Mar 2021 07:54
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Bill Gates has warned that the world might not return to normal until 2022 as he believes we’re ‘not doing enough to end the pandemic globally’.

The philanthropist has long been vocal about the world’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, and he spoke out again this weekend after the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to tackle the virus.

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In an interview with CNN, Gates discussed his predictions for the coming months as vaccinations continue to be rolled out throughout the US.

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Describing the rapid development of vaccines as ‘a miracle’, Gates said that the rollout should help Americans achieve an ‘almost-normal’ way of life as early as autumn. He said that ‘basically every school [would be] back in session’, and that restaurants and sporting events would be able to operate again on some level by the end of the year.

However, the billionaire Microsoft co-founder told CNN the ‘big problem’ is that ‘we’re not doing enough to end the pandemic globally’.

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He commented:

The vaccines are just going to the rich countries, and this has been a big focus of the Gates Foundation throughout the crisis is to get additional factories, like the big factories in India. That is starting to happen with AstraZeneca already, and soon Johnson & Johnson and NovaVax.

And so the vaccines are a miracle, all five that have gone through western regulators… are amazing vaccines and even though we have a little bit of tuning that you might have to take a third dose, because of the variants, we will get on top of that.

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Gates added: ‘So the fall will be almost normal, even though because of the re-infection problem we can’t fully go back to normal until we help the entire world.’

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As contagious coronavirus variants could still develop and spread elsewhere, and due to a potential wave of re-infections, Gates said a return to normal ‘could take all of 2022 unless we do a better job’.

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As for the US government’s response to the outbreak, Gates noted that ‘leadership matters’, and said that the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) ‘fell short a tiny bit with the initial tasks.’

He later added:

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It’s too bad that the vaccine rollout started under the same sort of ‘denial administration,’ and now it’s harder to get it back in place, but the supply and logistics will not be limiting within about three months here in the United States.

On Sunday, February 28, the CDC said about 49.8 million people in the US have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, including about 24.8 million people who have been fully vaccinated.

If you’ve been affected by coronavirus and want up to date advice, visit the Gov.uk help page here. If you need medical help call NHS 111 or visit online.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

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