Microsoft co-founder and former CEO, and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates on Thursday, April 9, praised China’s efforts to crush the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic as the country lifted the lockdown and proclaimed victory over the virus this week.

“China took the situation in Wuhan, which was quite dramatic, and by extreme intervention in terms of reducing movement—they were able to crush that epidemic,” Gates said during an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“Those hospitals are gone. Look at the commerce. Stores are open now in China and nowhere else, whereas before, it was the opposite. It’s a real thing that they took a significant number of cases—not only flattened it but brought it down to very small levels,” he added.

Gates predicted that there could be a “slight” rebound in China as it is opening up, but warned that life “won’t be normal until we get this amazing vaccine to the entire world.”

Gates in 2017 warned of “a new kind of terrorism” that could “wipe out 30 million people in less than a year.” In February, he referred to the CCP Virus as a “once-in-a-century pathogen,” his foundation pledged to donate $100 million to support CCP Virus-related treatment efforts across the world, and fund the development of a vaccine. 

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has written a letter to thank Gates for his organization’s “generosity” and support.

“I deeply appreciate the act of generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and your letter of solidarity to the Chinese people at such an important moment,” Xi wrote, according to China’s news agency Xinhua.

“We have rallied the whole nation and adopted a string of unprecedented measures to contain and mitigate the epidemic and treat the sick,” he added. “These extraordinary measures are delivering substantial results.”

The CCP Virus outbreak began in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It has so far spread over 210 countries and territories, causing 95,837 deaths. China reported almost 82,000 cases and 3,336 deaths as of Thursday. 

In March, Gates stepped down from the board of Microsoft in order to spend more time on his foundation.