Bill Gates has donated over $ 1.75 billion through his Coronavirus Pandemic Research and Medical Supplies Foundation. Having been involved in the issue of biological threats for years through the same philanthropic organization he heads, the founder of Microsoft has paid particular attention to tackling the current crisis. However, some issues are too complex. “We are trying to bridge the gap between rich countries and developing countries that are vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Bill Gates said in an interview with The country. “Right now there is a big gap. The amount of vaccine that is in rich countries is very high, even in comparison to middle income countries like Brazil and South Africa, which have experienced a terrible epidemic, and which continue to vaccinate at a slow rate. . ”
The issue of hoarding vaccines by rich countries has already been addressed by the World Health Organization, which has called for much wider distribution. However, countries like the United States already have a considerable lead in immunizing the population (over 10%), while Mexico and other Latin American countries are just starting to exceed 1% of the population. population. Bill Gates, who is over 60, was able to receive the vaccine. “I got the vaccine from Moderna a few days ago in California, where they already vaccinate people over 65.”
This inequality means that the coronavirus is on the decline in wealthy countries but is holding up in other places, which could take much longer to recover and return to normal life. In fact, health officials say no one can be sure until at least 70% of the population is vaccinated. “It certainly taught us the need for global cooperation. This global information-sharing effort has been important because it is the world against the virus and no country can shut itself down completely. ”
Bill Gates’ predictions
The media asked the businessman about his predictions for a year from now. His vision is positive, but leaves open the question of when the pandemic will really end. “[Dans un an], the dramatic effects of the pandemic will be behind us. The virus may still be circulating in some parts of the world. The question is whether we can bring the number of infections down to zero or if it will become an endemic virus, which means that we will have to keep vaccination coverage at high levels. ” “By the summer of 2021, things will be back to normal, and by 2022, in countries like Spain and the United States, we will be able to organize major events”, he said. -he declares.
Mid-2021 is a date that has been mentioned constantly, but at the rate some vaccination campaigns are going, mainly in developing countries, it seems unlikely. In countries like the United States, where it is advancing rapidly, these changes will be felt more immediately. And it seems possible that by 2022, mass concerts or gatherings of this type will be back, but the rest of the world would take longer to recover from the pandemic.
Bill Gates is currently focusing on the effects of climate change and how to reverse them. “It’s harder to solve, but the negative effects – if we don’t solve them – are much more serious (than the pandemic) […] In the United States, thanks to the election of Biden, it is a period of more hope for the climate, despite the fact that we will have to fight the damage left by the pandemic for many years to come. ”
Via GQ Mexico and Latin America.
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