The American billionaire, Bill Gates, revealed, through his GatesNotes blog, his optimistic predictions about the time of the end of the “Covid-19” epidemic.
The co-founder of Microsoft indicated that the “acute phase” of the “Covid-19” epidemic will end in 2022, also considering the emergence of the “Omicron” variant “alarming.”
In his GatesNotes blog post, the billionaire suggested: “It might be foolish to make another prediction, but I think the acute phase of the pandemic will end sometime in 2022. In a couple of years, I hope the only time you have to really think about the virus is when You get a combined coronavirus and influenza vaccine every fall.”
Although drug companies have historically had trouble selling the flu vaccine to the population due to its relatively low efficacy rate, largely because scientists have to guess which flu strain will be most prevalent in any given year, Gates is optimistic about treatments.
Gates acknowledges that “there is no doubt that the Omicron variable is of concern,” but the speed of discovery of new variables, along with developments in vaccines and antiviral drugs, led him to hope that “Covid-19” will become an endemic disease in 2022.
“The world is better prepared to deal with potentially bad variables than at any other time in the pandemic so far,” he said. “We are in a much better position to create updated vaccines if needed,” he added.
Gates said a lot of information about the “Omicron” variant, such as how effective existing vaccines or past infections are at protecting against it, will be available soon, as researchers, including those supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, work to learn more about it.
And Gates explained in his review, which he published on his blog, that vaccines and antiviral drugs can help reduce the lethality of “Covid-19” in the future.
“Communities will still experience occasional outbreaks, but new medicines will be available that can treat most cases and hospitals will be able to handle the rest,” he wrote.
The tech mogul’s comments come as the “Omicron” mutant of the coronavirus, also known as B.1.1.529, is spreading across the world.
Scientists and drug companies are racing to see how the new mutant will behave, and how vaccines will hold up against it.
The variant is of concern because of its large group of mutations.
Source: RT + Business Insider