Bill Gates has said he is “optimistic that the pandemic will not last indefinitely” and predicts that the United States will be “back to normal” by the end of 2021.
The billionaire, a longtime philanthropist in global health and poverty, said Fox news host Chris Wallace in an interview that airs on Sunday: “ If vaccination approval comes early next year, as I expect, the US will start to return to normal by the end of the year and by the end of the year, our activities are fairly normal. ‘
America approached 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, with the University of Washington predicting the number of deaths will nearly double in January. The virus continues to spread and there is currently no approved vaccine.
But Gates added, “You know, thank goodness there was vaccine technology, the funding came in, that the companies put their best people on it. Therefore, I am optimistic that this will not last indefinitely. ‘
Bill Gates has said he is “ optimistic that the pandemic will not last indefinitely ” and predicts the US will be “ back to normal ” by the end of 2021.
His foundation, set up alongside wife Melinda, has so far $ 650 million is allocated to combat COVID-19.
Gates added, “Of course we’re going to give more, by the time we get organized it will be a billion dollars.
“At best, the end of the epidemic is 2022, but we should reduce them by 2021 if we take the global approach.”
Hilda Ramirez, right, has blood drawn by researcher Karen Longtine, left, before receiving an injection at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Gates said, ‘If there is a vaccination approval early next year, as I expect, the US will start to return to normal by the end of the year and by the end of the year our activities could be fairly normal’
In May, the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimated about 180,000 deaths in October. Their prediction now stands at about 378,000 deaths in January.
Regarding America’s response to the virus, Gates told Fox News, “Unfortunately, we’ve done a really bad job.”
Gates said Donald Trump’s pandemic travel ban has actually exacerbated the US coronavirus crisis with a stampede of Americans returning from overseas.
He added, “We have to admit that we didn’t do it right.”
“ We created this rush, and we didn’t have the ability to test or quarantine those people, and so the disease spread here, ” Gates told Chris Wallace in an interview clip released Friday.
“The ban probably accelerated that because of the way it was enforced,” Gates continued.
Wallace urged Gates to explain further, and the software billionaire continued, “In March, this incredible explosion came up: the west coast came from China and the east coast came from Europe.”
In response to the international crisis, Trump banned travel to the US from China on Jan. 31 and from continental Europe on March 11, adding the UK shortly after.
The president has repeatedly pointed to the travel bans as evidence of his swift action in the face of the pandemic, saying he imposed the China ban even as his advisers hesitated and his critics labeled the move as racist and xenophobic.
A nurse prepares an injection to investigate a possible COVID-19 vaccine. In May, the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimated about 180,000 deaths in October. Their prediction now stands at about 378,000 deaths in January
Gates said Donald Trump’s pandemic travel ban has exacerbated US coronavirus crisis with a stampede of Americans returning from abroad
Gates released a report earlier this week stating that the coronavirus pandemic has wiped out progress towards lofty goals such as ending poverty and hunger in the world over the next decade.
The report outlines ways in which COVID-19 has caused economic damage and derailed progress on many of the global development goals adopted by the United Nations five years ago.
“The COVID-19 pandemic not only stopped progress, it kicked it back,” Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp, said in a conference call with reporters. In 2000 he founded the philanthropic foundation together with his wife Melinda.
In the coming days, the number of US deaths will clear the outer band of the president’s projections: 200,000, according to the official census, although the actual number is certainly higher. The virus has infected more than 6.7 million Americans.
The US also set a one-day record with more than 1 million diagnostic tests for the coronavirus, but the country needs 6 million to 10 million a day to control outbreaks, according to several experts.
Some public health experts fear infections could increase this fall and winter, and may even double the number of deaths by the end of the year.