People don't know what to think after Bill Gates' recent warning about the world "returning to normal" after the pandemic.
Keep scrolling to find out exactly what he said...
Now, everyone had to deal with the challenges of 2020.
But, in 2021 things have started to look up and return to normal.
Places have started reopening and restrictions are being eased.
And of course, there's the roll out of the incredible COVID-19 vaccines that were approved back in November 2020.
Hopes are high for the coming year.
Or, at least they were...
But all eyes have been on Bill Gates after he gave a grim warning...
A caution about the world "returning to normal" after the pandemic...
Now, as you will all be aware, Bill Gates is one successful guy.
Well, he doesn't have the shabbiest of resumes; he is the co-founder of Microsoft, and is now one of the richest men in the world, with his net worth coming in at around $116 billion dollars.
Microsoft has grown to become one of the largest and most successful tech companies in the world.
via: GettyThe company wrote and developed one of the most-used computer software in the world. According to Forbes, Microsoft is the third biggest company in the world, with an estimated worth of $947 billion dollars.
Not bad for a college dropout, right?
Yep, Bill Gates never actually graduated.
He initially left Seattle and enrolled at Harvard University in the fall of 1973, aiming for a career in law after pressure from his parents. However, Gates would spend more time in the computer lab than he would in class, and he rarely studied for his exams.
He dropped out of college in 1975...
via: GettyBecause college life really isn't for everyone! A mere 2 years after enrolling, Gates left Harvard and re-joined his partner, Paul Allen, whom he had started a small computer company with when he was just fifteen.
Cue the birth of Microsoft.
via: GettyFast forward a couple of years and the pair had created their company, Microsoft. The name Microsoft came from a blend of the words "micro-computer" and "software," and was officially launched in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1976.
Microsoft went from strength to strength.
After nearly ten years of writing and developing the Microsoft operating systems, the company released its crowning achievement in 1985: Microsoft Windows.
Windows became the staple computer operating system.
And he didn't stop there.Gates, who became Microsoft's standing CEO, took the company to new heights and continued to release ground-breaking software and operational systems for computers.
For the next few decades, Microsoft continued to do astonishing things.Their first gaming console being one of them. Though the initial 2001 version of the Xbox was met with fierce competition from Sony, their re-release of the updated Xbox 360 in 2005 was a major success, and brought joy and delight to gamers across the globe.
So, as you can see, Gates' net worth is somewhat deserved...
via: GettyAnd he is incredibly generous with his wealth! It is estimated that he has given away around $45 billion over the years to his and his wife's charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which primarily works to combat global poverty. Their work has saved millions of lives.
But as well as being one of the richest people on the planet...
Gates is also known for being insanely intelligent.
Obviously, you have to be pretty smart to create one of the world's leading software!
But recently, Gates has been using both his wealth and his intelligence in a different way...
To help with combatting the pandemic, something Gates is clearly very passionate about.
So much so, that he and his wife donated more than $125 million toward developing the life-saving vaccine.
But while Gates is very passionate about combatting the pandemic, he also very much aware of the reality of it.
And with his latest warning, he wants the public to be as well...
Because despite how hopeful things are looking...
Gates has warned that the world may not return to normal until 2022.
The billionaire spoke with CNN where he discussed his predictions for the coming months as vaccinations continue to be rolled out throughout the US.
Gates described the vaccines as a "miracle" and said that the rollout should help Americans achieve an "almost-normal" life possibly by autumn.
Good news, right?
Well, Gates went on to explain that although things may be looking good for the US "we're not doing enough to end the pandemic globally."
He said: "The vaccines are just going to the rich countries, and this has been a big focus of the Gates Foundation throughout the crisis is to get additional factories, like the big factories in India. That is starting to happen with AstraZeneca already, and soon Johnson & Johnson and NovaVax."
"And so the vaccines are a miracle, all five that have gone through western regulators… are amazing vaccines and even though we have a little bit of tuning that you might have to take a third dose, because of the variants, we will get on top of that."
"So the fall will be almost normal, even though because of the re-infection problem we can't fully go back to normal until we help the entire world."
Adding: "right now, that could take all of 2022 unless we do a better job."
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