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American business magnate and philanthropist, Bill Gates has revealed in an interview with Judy Woodruff on PBS Newshour it will take one-half years before life in America will bounce back to life after COVID-19.
He took this stance because it will take more than a year before a vaccine can be developed and deployed, according to researchers working to develop a treatment for COVID-19.
“The vaccine is critical, because, until you have that, things aren’t really going to be normal,” the billionaire philanthropist told Woodruff. “They can open up to some degree, but the risk of a rebound will be there until we have very broad vaccination.”
Turning his attention to social distancing and its role in curbing coronavirus, the former richest man on explained said the process gets that number down to a point where “contact tracing” (a process in which those within close contact with an infected person are closely monitored) can be done, in order to maintain necessary quarantines.
.@BillGates discusses testing for #Covid that needs to be made far more available, adds “In parallel, we have to go as fast as we can on therapeutics, and as fast as we can on a vaccine” estimating some therapeutics could be available in 3-6 months. https://t.co/WZkVa3yXWa
— Judy Woodruff STAY AT HOME (@JudyWoodruff) April 8, 2020