Bill Gates has warned that the next five months will look "pretty grim" for the United States unless COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths stop rising – he vowed to get a vaccine as soon as it becomes available is.
The billionaire philanthropist, who founded $ 450 million in the global coronavirus response, told NBCs Today that if Americans doubled their public health efforts now, things could likely return to normal by spring .
“It's a paradoxical situation because it's getting worse and worse right now. The next four to five months look pretty bleak unless we can double our behavior, ”he said.
"But the treatment tools … are going to start rolling and by spring those numbers will be big enough that the numbers are sure to change dramatically in the United States." And we'll get back to normal. «
Bill Gates has warned that the next five months will look "pretty grim" for the United States unless COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths stop rising – he vowed to get a vaccine as soon as it becomes available is
Gates was referring to a COVID-19 vaccine and other treatments, including antibody drugs currently in use.
However, he noted that the most powerful thing people can do now to keep the surge from getting worse is social distancing and wearing a mask.
"Projections show that of the hundreds of thousands of lives expected to be lost in the coming months, 50,000 would be saved if we had high mask compliance," he said.
Regarding the vaccine's development, Gates said it was likely that all candidates would succeed, given the effectiveness rates of the previous ones, including Moderna and Pfizer.
& # 39; It looks like almost all vaccines will be successful. It's great science, great industrial manufacturing, great collaboration, even across countries. You know, this is a war, we're all in it together, ”he said.
"Whatever my place in line, I'll show up and take the vaccine right away."
Health officials announced yesterday that Americans will likely be armed with a COVID-19 vaccination card to track the shots once they are administered
The Department of Defense released the first pictures of what a vaccination kit would look like after its introduction
However, Gates raised some concerns about the introduction of a vaccine as states are tasked with administering it.
& # 39; The federal government has given up some of its duties amid a public health crisis. The federal government has far more resources than the federal states, ”he said.
"Overall, I think we'll get everything we can."
As health officials announced yesterday, Americans will likely be armed with a COVID-19 vaccination card to track the shots once they start administering them.
Dr. Kelly Moore, deputy director of the Immunization Action Coalition, told CNN that vaccination cards are the easiest way to keep track of this.
"Everyone gets a written card that they can put in their wallet and tell them what they had and when their next dose is due," said Moore.
“Let's do the simple thing first. Everyone will get this. & # 39;
The Department of Defense released the first pictures of what a vaccination kit would look like after its introduction.
Healthcare workers and others recommended for initial vaccinations could receive shots within 24 hours of receiving regulatory approval, the U.S. government's chief advisor to Operation Warp Speed said this week.
Pfizer Inc has already applied for emergency FDA approval for its vaccine.
Officials conducted an exercise last month simulating vaccine deliveries to ensure that all regulatory approvals were in place for immediate deliveries to begin in the coming weeks.
The transportation department said this week it has prepared to allow "immediate bulk shipping" of COVID-19 vaccines and has completed all necessary regulatory measures.
The department is preparing to ensure the delivery of vaccine doses to about 40 million residents by January, or about 20 million a month.