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Bill Gates predicts when the world will return to normal

Bill Gates said in a recent interview that the pandemic might run through 2021, too.

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Philanthropist and Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates gestures as he speaks to the audience during the Global Fund to Fight AIDS event at the Lyon’s congress hall, central France.

Philanthropist and Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates gestures as he speaks to the audience during the Global Fund to Fight AIDS event at the Lyon’s congress hall, central France on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

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Bill Gates said in a recent interview that the coronavirus pandemic might not end until 2022 — painting a dark picture for 2021.

Gates said on “Fox News Sunday” that the COVID-19 vaccine will likely come in early 2021 and the U.S. will return to something-like-normal in summer 2021. It won’t be until 2022 when the pandemic ends.

  • “The end of the epidemic, best case, is probably 2022. But during 2021, the numbers, we should be able to drive them down, if we take the global approach. So, you know, thank goodness vaccine technology was there, that the funding came up, that the companies put their best people on it. That’s why I’m optimistic this won’t last indefinitely.”

Gates said he’s still frustrated the U.S. does not have a solid testing strategy for the coronavirus.

  • He said the lack of testing has led to a massive spread of the virus.
  • “You know what happened was that 40,000 people came out of China, because we didn’t ban the residents and citizens from coming in. We created this rush. And we didn’t have the ability to test or quarantine those people, so that seeded the disease here,” Gates said, per CNN. ”Even today, people don’t get their results in 24 hours, which is outrageous that we still have that.”   

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the chief science officer at the World Health Organization, recently said that the pandemic might not end until 2022, too, as I wrote for Deseret.com.

  • “We’re looking at 2022 at least before enough people start getting the vaccine to build immunity. So for a long time to come, we have to maintain the same kind of measures that are currently being put in place with physical distancing, the masking and respiratory hygiene,” said Swaminathan, speaking to reporters during a virtual meeting hosted by the United Nations Foundation.
  • “Those will have to continue after the vaccine starts getting rolled out, because we need 60% to 70% of the population to have immunity before you will start seeing a dramatic reduction in transmission of this virus,” Swaminathan said. ”We also don’t know how long these vaccines will protect for — that’s the other big question mark: How long does immunity last? And it’s possible that you will need a booster.”