COVID-19: Bill Gates says lockdowns may continue till 2022 as US sets new record

COVID-19: Bill Gates says lockdowns may continue till 2022 as US sets new record

- Bill Gates fears coronavirus may continue to ravage the world till 2022

- This is as the US sets new records for cases, fatalities and hospitalisations in the last seven days

- Gates also forecasts 200,000 additional deaths may be recorded unless people wear their face masks and observe safety precautions

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Bill Gates, the co-founder of Gates Foundation, has again expressed pessimism on coronavirus ending by 2021 even with the COVID vaccines giving a flash of hope.

The American billionaire and Microsoft founder stated that with the COVID-19-related lockdown still active in the US and some countries, the pandemic may continue into 2022.

Gates offered his predictions on Sunday, December 13, in a reaction to the US setting new records for new cases, hospitalisations and fatalities within a seven-day period, Dailymail reports.

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Bill Gates says lockdowns could continue into 2022
Bill Gates says the fight against coronavirus may continue till 2022. Credit: @gatesfoundation
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According to Worldometers, the US accounts for 16,737,267 of the total 72,742,299 global COVID-19 cases with 9,724,439 recoveries, 306,459 deaths and 6,706,369 active cases.

Gates predicted that 200,000 additional deaths are likely to be recorded unless preventive measures are taking with keen seriousness by people. He said:

"Forecast shows over 200,000 additional deaths. If we would follow the rules in terms of wearing masks and not mixing, we could avoid a large percentage of those deaths. So in the near term, it's bad news.
"Well certainly mask-wearing has essentially no downsides,' Gates said. 'Bars and restaurants in most of the country will be closed as we go into this wave, and I think sadly that's appropriate."

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Earlier, reported that the Gates Foundation added another $70 million (N26.6 billion) funding for the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.

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The donation was made on Thursday, November 12, by the foundation which said it is hoping more donors will follow suit. Gates Foundation, in a statement by its co-chair Melinda Gates, said $50 million (N19 billion) will go to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) led by the GAVI vaccine alliance.

It also explained that $20 million (N7 billion) will be given to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) for the COVID-19 candidates, adding that the world must get equal access to treatment.

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