Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who had warned us of the next pandemic in 2015, gave some promising insights during an interview with NBC’s “TODAY” on Thursday. The successful entrepreneur revealed that he believes the United States will be headed back to normal by spring 2021 thanks to the vaccines that all seem to be working.
However, before things get better, they will seem worse for a little while said Gates. “The next four or five months actually look pretty grim, unless we can really double down on our behavior,” Gates explained.
He added that “the most impactful thing” people can do right now is to follow what we’ve been told to do such as “associating with people less, wearing a mask wherever you might be exposed to someone outside your household." Gates has already previously explained how best to respond to COVID-19.
Gates also shared that the rollout of “amazing vaccines” will help get us back on track. “By the spring, those numbers will be big enough that, certainly in the United States, it’ll start to change for us dramatically, and we’ll be headed back to normal," said on a promising note Gates.
Gates added that he believed things will go well despite vaccine distribution being “tricky” because “the federal government has abdicated some of its responsibilities in a public health crisis." Gates predicts that “overall I think we will get it all out."
Last week, the U.K. said it was set to approve the BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc. COVID-19 vaccine in a matter of days and that it was found to be 95% effective in preventing the spread of the virus. The country also stated it planned to perform the first immunizations as early as December 7.
In the United States, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the state expects to vaccinate 170,000 people by December 15. Gates further revealed in his interview that that timeline “should be achievable."