The Microsoft founder and philanthropist has been a leading advocate of coronavirus vaccine development, and has financed their creation through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In his latest interview appearance, Mr Gates said he thinks the world will “basically” return to normal by the end of next year.
In an interview with Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, and Television broadcaster TVN24, Mr Gates suggested the world will mostly be back to normal through the success of coronavirus vaccines.
He said: “By the end of 2022, we should be basically completely back to normal.”
Despite the hopeful prediction, Mr Gates also told the outlet the pandemic has been an “incredible tragedy”.
The only good news throughout the pandemic has been the creation of and access to coronavirus vaccines, according to Mr Gates.
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Mr Gates’ latest remarks on the pandemic echo those of his wife, Melinda, earlier this month.
She told CNBC global herd immunity against COVID-19 could be achieved sometime in 2022, again due to vaccine against the virus.
Mrs Gates did however add immunity won’t be achieved until vaccines are available worldwide, with most not being sent “en masse” until the end of 2021.
She told CNBC’s Sara Eisen: “So it’ll be sometime in 2022 until we have full herd immunity.
“And boy, I think we’re all looking forward to that.
“There are a lot of people that are suffering, not just in the US but everywhere.”
In recent months, Mr Gates has warned coronavirus restrictions could stay in place for the foreseeable future.
In an interview hosted on social media app Clubhouse, he suggested people could consider changing their behaviour “in a significant way” in the spring or summer of 2021.
He told Andrew Ross Sorkin: “I’m not going to stop wearing masks or being careful, particularly around older people who haven’t been vaccinated.
“It’s only by late spring or summer that we’re going to get to numbers where you can look at changing your behaviour in a significant way.”
In the UK, the rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been going at a steady pace, with 24,681,955 first doses and 2,028,543 second doses administered in England as of yesterday.
Yesterday also saw 6,397 cases and 63 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
In total, 4,319,128 cases and 126,445 deaths have been recorded in the UK.
But NHS England has warned of a shortage in the supply of vaccines in recent weeks, with jab centres in Devon, Kent and Exeter closing for around a month after a “significant reduction” in deliveries.