NEW COVID-19 CASES STUBBORNLY AT 4-DIGITS – WITH SELANGOR STILL THE HIGHEST – EVEN AS BILL GATES CAUTIONS ‘WORLD TO BE BACK TO NORMAL ONLY BY END 2022’ – ‘THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE TRAGEDY’ – THE ONLY GOOD NEWS IS ‘ACCESS TO VACCINES’

1,360 new cases, Selangor still has highest numbers

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 1,360 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday (March 25), taking the national tally to 338,168.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah posted on Twitter that Selangor recorded the highest increase out of all states with 356 new cases.

Sarawak has the second highest figure with 308 new cases, followed by Johor (129 cases) and Penang (113).

Kuala Lumpur recorded 98 new infections.  ANN

Bill Gates says world should be back to normal by end-2022 due to vaccines-Polish media

FILE PHOTO Bill Gates Co-Chair of Bill amp Melinda Gates Foundation gestures as he speaks during the World Economic Forum WEF annual meeting in Davos Switzerland January 25 2018. REUTERSDenis BalibouseFile Photo

WARSAW (Reuters) – The world should be back to normal by the end of 2022 thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, Bill Gates said in an interview for Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and television broadcaster TVN24.

“This is an incredible tragedy,” the Microsoft co-founder said on the pandemic, adding that the only good news was the access to vaccines.

“By the end of 2022 we should be basically completely back to normal,” Gates said.

Gates, a billionaire who stepped down as chairman of Microsoft Corp in 2014, has through his philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation committed at least $1.75 billion to the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes support for some makers of vaccines, diagnostics and potential treatments.

The COVAX facility, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), aims to secure 2 billion vaccine doses for lower income countries by the end of 2021.

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