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Bill Gates predicts six COVID-19 vaccines by spring 2021

Bill Gates believes the COVID-19 pandemic could be over sometime in 2022 if as many vaccines as possible are distributed in the new year.
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FILE In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 file photo, Philanthropist and Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates gestures as he speaks to the audience during the Global Fund to Fight AIDS event at the Lyon's congress hall, central France. Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make it happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for poor ones. While no country can afford to buy doses of every potential vaccine candidate, many poor ones can't afford to place such speculative bets at all. The key initiative to help them is led by Gavi, a public-private partnership started by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that buys vaccines for about 60% of the world’s children.

Bill Gates said six novel coronavirus vaccines could be available by the spring of 2021, CNBC reports.

Gates' non-profit, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, continues to be an advocate for global health and vaccinations.

Gates predicts the pandemic could be over sometime in 2022 if as many vaccines as possible are distributed in the new year.

Last week, the United Kingdom became the first country to grant the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approval for emergency use. Britain started vaccinating its population on Tuesday.

Gates predicts five other vaccines, including Seattle's Moderna vaccine, will be available in the coming months.

"This vaccine work is phenomenal," Gates said as he spoke virtually during Singapore's FinTech Festival. "You know, we've been working with these pharma companies, they've been doing their best, you know, thank goodness, those vaccines will bring this pandemic to an end.”

Gates added there is still work to do to make sure the vaccines are distributed equally, meaning not to just the wealthy nations of the world.