Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist known for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spoke to Fox News Sunday about the pandemic. Gates has been speaking about the coronavirus and vaccines in recent months.

Talking to the outlet, Gates gave his idea of a timeline for the pandemic ending. He thinks that life will return to semi-normally by the summer of 2021, but the pandemic will end much later.

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“The end of the epidemic, best case, is probably 2022. But during 2021, the numbers, we should be able to drive them down, if we take the global approach,” Gates said on the program. “So, you know, thank goodness vaccine technology was there, that the funding came up, that the companies put their best people on it. That’s why I’m optimistic this won’t last indefinitely.”

He also said he was frustrated with the United States’ response to the pandemic, “Unfortunately, we did a very poor job, and you could of see that in the numbers if you compare the Asian countries like South Korea and Australia,” Gates said.

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The billionaire also noted the lack of testing at the beginning of the pandemic, an issue that is still present today, “You know what happened was that 40,000 people came out of China, because we didn’t ban the residents and citizens from coming in. We created this rush. And we didn’t have the ability to test or quarantine those people, so that seeded the disease here,” Gates said. “Even today, people don’t get their results in 24 hours, which is outrageous that we still have that.”

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The United States hit a grim milestone on September 21 as 200,000 Americans died from coronavirus.

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