Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates has predicted that the ‘acute phase’ of the Covid-19 pandemic will end in 2022,

On his blog, he also deems the rise of the Omicron variant ‘concerning.’

The billionaire said that the end of the pandemic isn’t as close as he had hoped because of the Delta variant and struggles with getting people fully vaccinated.

And while “there’s no question that the Omicron variant is concerning”, he said, the speed of detecting new variants, combined with developments in vaccines and antiviral drugs, led him to be hopeful that COVID-19 would become an endemic disease in 2022.

He said that the world is better prepared to tackle potentially bad variants than at any other point in the pandemic so far.

He added that we’re in a much better position to create updated vaccines if they’re needed.

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