Microsoft founder and co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gill Gates said on Friday, February 18, 2022, that the dangers of serious disease from COVID-19 have drastically reduced but another pandemic is very certain.
While speaking with CNBC’s Hadley Gamble at Germany’s Security Conference, Gates said that a possible new pandemic may likely come from a different pathogen to that of the coronavirus family.
As per the billionaire, the advances in medical tech should help the world fight it if people invest early enough.
Gates said that the worst effects of COVID-19 have gone as an enormous part of the world population have gotten some level of immunity. Its seriousness has weakened with the latest Omicron variant, a report by CNBC says
As per his comment, the billionaire philanthropist said it is too late for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to reach its goal of innoculating 70 per cent of the world population by the middle of 2022.
About 61.9 per cent of the global population has received at least a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The billionaire has partnered with the United Kingdom has collaborated with UK’s Welcome Trust to donate N124.5 billion to Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations that helped form the COVAX programme to deliver vaccines to low and middle-income countries.