Sunday, December 27, 2020

“We don’t understand why Covid-19 cases are low in Africa” – Bill Gates wonders

 According to him, the world still does not have enough data to understand why COVID-19 numbers have not been high in Africa.


The tech guru who is a co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and who invests heavily in healthcare in Africa said he is, however, happy to have been wrong about COVID-19 rates in Africa.

Recall that Bill Gates had warned early 2020 that Africa could be the worse hit by COVID-19, stating at a conference that the virus would overwhelm health systems in the world’s poorest continent. But this has not been the case and the world does not understand why.

In his words, “We don’t have enough data yet to understand why the numbers aren’t as high as I worried they would get. It helped that some countries locked down early. In Africa, another reason may be that the population is young compared with the rest of the world’s, and young people are less susceptible to the virus.

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