Bill Gates said the world will not return to normal, with no traces of the COVID-19 pandemic, until the end of 2022.
The billionaire philanthropist made the prediction on Thursday during an interview with Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and television broadcaster TVN24.
‘This is an incredible tragedy.
‘We can measure the economic cost but we probably can’t even measure the loss of learning, the suffering from the restrictions that we’ve had to put in place, to keep the deaths from being even higher.
‘The only good news here is that we can now see an end.
‘We can see vaccines, almost all of which have worked, to a large degree are finally getting out, so we can see the end is in sight.
‘[In the US], probably by the end of the year, the vaccinations will be high enough that the numbers won’t hit zero but they’ll start to come down, school will be back in session.
‘Until we get rid of it for the entire world, we’ll still have some restrictions on bans on public gatherings, but even that by the end of 2022, if we all work together, we should be completely back to normal,’ he said.