Conceding that by the summer of 2021, the US should be “way closer to normal than we are now,” Gates, who has donated millions to vaccination efforts through his foundation, believes a full return to normal will likely not be possible until after 2022.
The billionaire told CNN on Sunday that “unless we help other countries get rid of this disease” and see “high vaccination rates” within the US, the “risk of reintroduction” will be possible.
“Big public gatherings” should continue to be banned and most bars and restaurants around the country should “sadly” be closed to curb infection rates, according to Gates.
A real return to normal, he theorized, is possible only after 12 to 18 months “if we manage it well.”
.@BillGates on Covid: “Even through 2022” we should be prepared for life to not return to “normal”
Says “sadly” it’s “appropriate” for bars and restaurants to close over the next “four to six months” pic.twitter.com/cmDD8pv3XR
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 13, 2020
Gates also expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to concede the presidential election, which he claims is “complicating” vaccine distribution.
“The transition is complicating [things,] but the new administration is willing to rely on actual experts and not attack those experts,” the tech mogul said in a swipe at the president.
Gates did not specify what “complications” are possible. A vaccine has already been approved by both the FDA and CDC and begun distribution. People can expect to start receiving it as early as Monday, according to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield.
Gates has become a go-to expert for the mainstream media when it comes to COVID-19 thanks to his donations to vaccination efforts, as well as a viral video from 2015 where he appears to predict a similar pandemic that the world would be unprepared for.
Gates’ promotion of vaccines and lockdowns, however, has earned him plenty of critics, especially from conservatives as such restrictions have become more and more controversial.
“Reject this tyrant,” reporter Ian Miles Cheong tweeted in response to Gates’ latest interview.
Bill Gates says lockdowns should continue well into 2022, with bars and restaurants shut down for the next six months. Reject this tyrant. pic.twitter.com/2AWaeEuRAd
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 13, 2020
“Bill Gates wants to destroy America,” conservative filmmaker Nick Searcy added.
Bill Gates wants to destroy America. https://t.co/FYOG7mOiqA
— SUPER-SPREADER Nick Searcy, INT’L FILM & TV STAR (@yesnicksearcy) December 13, 2020
Bill Gates is not a doctor, not even a Jill Biden doctor.
— Cerno (@Cernovich) December 13, 2020
Unless Bill Gates is willing to give his entire fortune away to people who work in the bar and restaurant industry, his opinion is worthless https://t.co/y7M6pS6VS5
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) December 13, 2020