(Nov 18): Covid-19 deaths and infection rates may dip below seasonal flu levels by the middle of next year assuming that new dangerous variants don’t emerge in the meantime, Bill Gates said.
Between natural and vaccine immunity and emerging oral treatments, “the death rate and the disease rate ought to be coming down pretty dramatically”, the billionaire founder of Microsoft Corp said on Thursday (Nov 18) at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore.
The constraints on vaccinating the world against Covid-19 will shift next year, Gates said, as supply issues are resolved and replaced by questions of how to logistically distribute them all.
“The vaccines are very good news, and the supply constraints will be largely solved as we get out in the middle of next year, and so we’ll be limited by logistics and demand,” Gates said in a virtual interview with Bloomberg News editor-in-chief John Micklethwait.
Gates said it’s not clear in a lot of countries what the demand level will be, especially in places like sub-Saharan Africa.
He added that the world ought to work to eradicate the flu as well in order to reduce threats of future pandemics.
The New Economy Forum is being organised by Bloomberg Media Group, a division of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.
Source: Bill Gates says Covid-19 deaths may drop to flu levels by mid-2022 | The Edge Markets