In an interview with Bloomberg, Bill Gates says it will likely be the end of next year before we’re out of this pandemic. It could take other parts of the world even longer, stretching the health and financial instability into 2022. Even with the race for a vaccine and therapeutics to treat Covid-19, Gates says that the first vaccines available will likely be a stopgap, providing only short-term immunity.
That’s despite what can only be described as an extraordinary effort to fast track what would otherwise take years or even decades to develop. According to Gates: