By 2022, with the massive vaccination of most of the world’s population, the spread of SARS-CoV-2 should be blocked, US billionaire Bill Gates said in an interview with El Pais.
“By the summer of 2021, things will return to normal and, by 2022, in countries such as Spain and the United States will be able to organize major events. We will go far beyond the most dramatic effects of the pandemic. “, explained the founder of Microsoft.
In the interview, Bill Gates stressed that there are still inequalities between poor and rich countries in terms of the vaccination process.
“There is a big gap right now. The amount of vaccine in rich countries is very high, even compared to middle-income countries such as Brazil and South Africa, which have suffered greatly from the epidemic but continue to vaccinate at a slow pace. “, he said.
Gates and pandemic predictions
Invited to a TED Talk conference in 2015, the billionaire said that the biggest risk of a global catastrophe is not a war, but a highly contagious virus.
“The biggest risk in terms of a global catastrophe does not look like this (no – the image of a nuclear bomb). Instead, it looks like this (no – the image of the flu virus). If it were to kill more than 10 million people in the next few decades, it would most likely be a highly contagious virus, rather than a war. Not rockets, but germs. One of the reasons this could happen is because we have invested a huge amount in nuclear weapons. However, we have invested very little in a system that could stop an epidemic. We are not prepared for the next epidemic. Let’s look at Ebola. I’m sure you’ve all read about it in the press, and if we look at what happened, the problem was not that there was a system that didn’t work well, but the problem was that we didn’t have a system at all.“, Said Bill Gates, in 2015.
Gates has invested more than $ 350 million in the development of a Covid vaccine alone. In the last year, he has been one of the strongest supporters of the importance of making a vaccine, which has also drawn criticism from supporters of conspiracy theories.
Over the past 20 years, his foundation has invested about $ 4 billion in the development of several vaccines.
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