Bill Gates says he is ‘hopeful’ for return to normality by end of 2022
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The billionaire founder of Microsoft and philanthropist Bill Gates told Sky news how the world will be back to normal “by the end of 2022.” He went on to say how the UK and USA must help out those nations with slower vaccination programmes in order to lift the rest of the world out of the pandemic. But he warned the world must learn from the successes and mistakes made during the pandemic to ensure it is prepared for future crises.
The Microsoft founder said: “There are still some questions about how broadly the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will get used.
“If that’s accepted it would be very beneficial but some of the rich countries including the US and the UK, even this summer will get to high vaccination levels.”
He added that this will “free up” so that countries who are further ahead in jabbing their citizens can work on “getting vaccines out to the entire world in late 2021 and through 2022.”
Gates added: “And so we won’t have eradicated this disease but we’ll be able to bring it down to very small numbers by the end of 2022.”
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He then insisted “yes, I am” sure that the world “would be back to normal” by “2022”.
The billionaire went further in discussing advanced vaccine programs adding: “The fact that now we’re vaccinating 30-year-olds in the UK and the US and we don’t have all the 60-year-olds in Brazil and South Africa, that’s not fair.
“But within three or four months the vaccine allocation will be getting to all the countries that have the very severe epidemic.”
But Gates said he is worried the world will “forget about” Coronavirus and will not use the lessons learned in todays pandemic to make sure it is better prepared next time.
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Earlier Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood told LBC that despite the U.K.’s falling covid cases and successful vaccination programme the UK should unlock “cautiously.”
He called for a “five-week delay between each opening” so the government and its advisors can take an assessment.
But he warned that if the UK fails to be cautious going forward we could risk “another mutation come by”.
He added how no one wants another lockdown as a result of a third wave and the country should do all it can to avoid a situation similar to that of India where covid has spun out of control.
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The U.K. has vaccinated 33,508,590 people as of Saturday 24th April.
More than 12 million have recieved both doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
A further 119,953 first coronavirus vaccine doses were given on Friday, while 448,139 people received a second one.
On Friday another 32 deaths were reported within 28 days of a positive test while 2,061 new covid infections were recorded.
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