KEY POINTS
  • Bill Gates told CNBC Friday that the risks of severe disease from Covid-19 have "dramatically reduced" but another pandemic is all but certain.
  • Speaking at Germany's annual Munich Security Conference, Gates said that a potential new pandemic would likely stem from a different pathogen.
  • Advances in medical technology could cut vaccine production times to six months, Gates added.

Bill Gates said Friday that the risks of severe disease from Covid-19 have "dramatically reduced" but another pandemic is all but certain.

Speaking to CNBC's Hadley Gamble at Germany's annual Munich Security Conference, Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said that a potential new pandemic would likely stem from a different pathogen to that of the coronavirus family.