“I am optimistic that by February it is very likely that they will all be very effective and safe,” he said.
The billionaire’s founder, Microsoft, spoke to CNN on Friday, the day before more than 177,000 people were tested positive for the virus and about 1,400 people died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“We’re still climbing up (in the cases) and that climb is expected to last literally until February. And that̵
He advised Americans to wear masks and be intelligent about public health practices.
“Ideally, people would say, ‘Well, since medical instruments are coming, we can double good behavior,'” he said. “You know, try not to let your family be the last to die in this pandemic, because you’re ready to go through it until spring, when the vaccine will really start declining. And, of course, the change in weather will help us, too.”
Providing a working vaccine to people and forcing the majority of people to take the vaccine will also be their own challenges. The logistics are “a little confused” in the United States, he said, but he hoped these issues would be resolved.
“You want to make sure you don’t lose anything from this vaccine, but in a slightly imperfect way I think the logistics will be resolved,” he said. “I think there will be enough people to come in early, that people see even more evidence of safety, and that over time we will reach 70% plus the level we need to stop the spread of the disease. “
Personally, Gates Thanksgiving will have fewer family members than in a normal year.
“This is not a time when people will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving the way they want to,” he said. “I will have a video connection with many of the family members on Thanksgiving, but I will not be with them to have a turkey together.”