Billionaire Bill Gates has predicted the world won’t be back to normal until the end of 2022 because of the Covid pandemic.
The Microsoft co-founder told Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza it is likely the world will be "completely back to normal" by the end of next year.
He said the world's progress will be dependent on how quickly each country can roll-out their coronavirus vaccination programme.
Gates described the pandemic as an "incredible tragedy," killing 2.57million people worldwide and infecting over 125m.
The businessman told channel TVN24: "By the end of 2022 we should be basically completely back to normal."
His comments come just weeks after Mr Gates told a room on the social media app Clubhouse people may be able to change their behaviour "in a significant way" in the summer of 2020.
Currently, citizens of the UK are required to adhere social distancing rules, the mandatory wearing of face-masks, and restrictions on how many people are allowed inside a household together.
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Bill Gates has been the subject of a number of bizarre conspiracy theories surrounding the Covid pandemic.
One claim suggests the virus is a cover for Gates to implant microchips inside people to control them.
The insane theories have even got back to Jennifer K. Gates, the daughter of Bill Gates, who joked about the claims after getting her vaccine.
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Posting a picture of herself getting the jab to Instagram, Jennifer wrote: "Sadly the vaccine did NOT implant my genius father into my brain – if only mRNA had that power…..!"
Microsoft co-founder Gates, who stepped down from the company to focus on philanthropy, is also passionate about climate change.
He regularly advocates for tackling the climate change crisis, and recently admitted he eats synthetic beef as a way to contribute.
Speaking to the BBC, he once said winning the fight against climate change would be "the most amazing thing humanity has ever done" if successful.
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