FILE – In this April 21, 2018, file photo, Bill Gates speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
UPDATED 3:53 PM PT — Thursday, April 9, 2020
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has suggested the reopening of businesses could be here as soon as May. During a recent interview, he stated the U.S. will have to find a way to resume normal life without a vaccine.
While effective treatments may be ready in the next six months, Gates noted that a functional vaccine could still take up to 18 months.
According to the billionaire, smaller institutions could reopen if officials implement protective measures.
“I don’t think going to big, say, public sports type events that the economic benefit relative to the risk, that will work out until we’re back in normal times,” said Gates. “I do think manufacturing, construction, schools where you adopt protocols that are helpful there.”
Despite measures, Gates believes the pandemic has permanently changed how people act. He added a vaccine or cure may be the only way to make people confident enough to go out again.