Billionaire Bill Gates predicts life will ‘get back to normal’ in 2021
Billionaire Bill Gates has shared his predictions on when he believes life could go back to normal as the world begins to roll-out Covid vaccines.
In a post on his blog, Gates, who founded Microsoft, said 2020 has been a "devastating year" but said he believes there is "good news coming in 2021."
He warned humans are "not out of the woods" just yet but claimed life "will be much closer to normal than it is now" by Spring.
Gates said big changes will begin to happen when vaccines and treatments "start reaching the scale where they’ll have a global impact."
Writing on his blog, Gates said: "There are two main reasons to be hopeful.
"One is that masks, social distancing, and other interventions can slow the spread of the virus and save lives while vaccines are being rolled out.
"The other reason to be hopeful is that in the spring of 2021, the vaccines and treatments you've been reading about in the news will start reaching the scale where they'll have a global impact."
Despite his optimism, Gates, who has an estimated net worth of 120.1 billion, said it is likely countries will have to adopt social distancing, masks and other interventions for a while.
He said: "Although there will still need to be some restrictions (on big public gatherings, for example), the number of cases and deaths will start to go down a lot-at least in wealthy countries-and life will be much closer to normal than it is now."
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The billionaire also praised scientists around the world, including newly approved Pfizer and Oxford AstraZeneca, for working together.
Likening the pandemic to World War II, Gates wrote: "Given the scale of the problem and the urgency of solving it, many pharmaceutical companies are seeing the benefit of working together in new ways like this.
"It's similar to how, during World War II, the U.S. ramped up its manufacturing capacity at a mind-blowing rate by converting auto factories into tank and truck factories-only this time, the government isn't involved.
"Companies are responding to the crisis by doing away with business as usual."
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