- Bill Gates says the rich world will be able to end the deadly Covid-19 by the end of 2021
- The billionaire businessman and philanthropist says the world at large will be able to put an end to the disease by 2022
- According to Gates, some of the vaccines that are currently being developed are likely to only help in wealthier countries
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Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates has said the rich world will be able to put an end to coronavirus by the end of 2021 while the world at large will be able to end it by 2022.
The Microsoft co-founder stated this in an interview with Wired Magazine, which was published on Friday, 7 August.
"The innovation pipeline on scaling up diagnostics, on new therapeutics, on vaccines is actually quite impressive.
"And that makes me feel like, for the rich world, we should largely be able to end this thing by the end of 2021, and for the world at large by the end of 2022."
He noted that some of the vaccines that are currently being developed are likely to only help in wealthier countries.
Speaking about antibodies, Gates said:
"Antibodies are two to three months away. We've had about a factor-of-two improvement in hospital outcomes already, and that's with just Remdesivir and Dexamethasone. These other things will be additive to that."
At this point, there’s no telling when the coronavirus pandemic will truly end. A vaccine is probably the only way out.
In other news, the Gauteng Department of Health in conjunction with private sector entities has opened another mall-based Covid-19 testing station at the Bloed Street Mall. Rebosis Property Fund and Faithcare Medicals joined forces with the state to help contribute to an increase in testing.
Community members will now be able to access testing free of charge, with the first site launched at the Forest Hill Shopping Mall in Centurion.
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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a young man identified as Tosin Arogundade has invented a pressing iron that uses gas.
Tosin said he alongside one other person had been working on the project for three years, adding that their invention is up to standard.
The young man has joined other Nigerians who have demonstrated that the country has a lot of creative minds that will go places if given the opportunity to showcase their creativity.
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