Bill Gates sees it black. The Microsoft co-founder does not express any optimism when asked about the evolution of the pandemic caused by Covid-19 over the next few months.
“I am pessimistic when I think about the fall that it seems we are going to have in the northern hemisphere.”
“If we don’t intervene, the death toll will return to spring levels in many countries, including the United States.”
This is what the renowned philanthropist has pronounced in an interview for the British newspaper The Telegragh during the presentation of the annual study of the ‘GoalKeepers’, which tracks the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Another issue that Gates highlighted about the pandemic was the setback it has caused in humanity:
“We have gone back 25 years. I would expect many more deaths from the indirect effects than from the direct effects of the virus.
Both Gates and his wife Melinda, exposed in the aforementioned act the parallels between the pandemic caused by Covid-19 and the great pandemic of the last century, known as the Spanish flu of 1918. “A health crisis turned into an economic crisis , a food crisis, a housing crisis, a political crisis. Everything collided with everything else, “he said.
Gates, however, was optimistic about the vaccine and predicted that with it and with cooperation between countries, the worst would happen in two years. “By next summer, we will have vaccines for all countries in the world,” he said. “Even with a vaccination level of 60 percent, it should be able to stop almost all the exponential spread of the disease,” he explained.
“Everything will happen in 2022”
“I am optimistic, I believe that next year will be the year in which we lower the figures (of infections and deaths) very, very drastically, and that all this will end sometime in the year 2022.”
“There is no national solution to a global crisis”
Gates elaborated on the idea that the worst impacts of the Covid pandemic will only be avoided through a collaborative global response:
“There is no national solution to a global crisis. All countries must work together to end the pandemic and begin to rebuild economies. The longer it takes us to realize this, the longer it will take (and the more it will cost us) to get back on our feet.
Asked also about his assessment of the crisis management of certain countries, Bates noted that, for example, Sweden had made the “mistake” of having taken more lax measures to contain the virus, while the United Kingdom or the United States had not acted as well as other countries such as South Korea or Taiwan, which had already learned their lesson after going through the SARS or MERS epidemics. “UK and US have a lot to look back on and examine”