Unless new, dangerous variants of the coronavirus are released, Bill Gates said, the number of COVID-19 deaths by the middle of next year could drop to the level of deaths from seasonal flu, Bloomberg said on Thursday.
According to the billionaire, the availability of vaccines to protect against infection and drugs to combat disease symptoms “should bring disease rates and mortality down substantially.”
Gates on COVID-19 vaccines
“ Vaccines are a very good solution, and supply constraints will largely be eliminated when we enter mid-2022, ” Microsoft’s founder said at the Bloomberg Economic Forum in Singapore. He added that future questions were only about logistics options for vaccine delivery and demand, which remains an unknown in many countries such as sub-Saharan Africa.
Gates also said that “the world should work to eradicate the flu”, which is taking its death toll every year.
WHO is alarming
Europe remains the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, warned Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva at a conference summing up the past week. In seven days, the continent recorded 2 million cases of the coronavirus, the most since the start of the SARS-CoV-2 crisis.
The head of WHO noted that almost 27 thousand people were registered in Europe during the past week. COVID-19 related deaths. This accounts for over half of all global deaths related to this disease.
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