The spread of coronavirus has pushed global development back more than two decades, an annual report by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has found.

Tens of millions of people face greater inequality, disease and poverty, according to the study, with many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals negatively impacted.

Speaking to the BBC, Bill Gates said an effective vaccine was likely to be ready by early 2021.

However, he stressed that any vaccine must also be made accessible to poorer countries.

Development can be pushed back. It can go forward, and go back.

The second richest man on Earth is to be consulted as an expert on:

  • inequality
  • the readiness of a vaccine against a worldwide pandemic
  • requirements for the distribution of a vaccine
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