Billionaire Bill Gates says life may not return to normal for 18 months after the coronavirus pandemic.
The Microsoft founder said the crisis is “unprecedented” and is proving to be “very tough”, but a vaccine will end labor.
He added that governments could speed up a vaccine faster, but this could be risky, and developers would likely be promised that they would not be sued if things went wrong, reports Daily Star.
He described a vaccine as “the most urgent tool ever needed.”
He told the BBC Breakfast: “We want to go back to the life we had before the coronavirus.
“People are seeing economic destruction, psychological stress – this is an unprecedented, very tough thing to deal with.
“People like me and Tony Faucci (director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) say 18 months.
“If everything went perfectly, we can do slightly better than that, but there will be a compromise. We will have less safety tests than we normally would and therefore governments will have to decide if they will compensate companies and say,” we go out with this “when we don’t we have time to do what we normally do. 18 months is what we would expect. “
Gates said there has been “very little preparation” for the pandemic, which has seen nations around the world freeze to prevent it from spreading.
And he said the world would look back and wish he would react more quickly to the crisis when Covid-19 was first discovered.
He said: “We will definitely go back and we would have liked to invest more so that we could have all the diagnostic systems, drugs and vaccines quickly …
“Then there is the time when the virus appeared – what tests were prepared?
“Countries have thought about increasing the ICU and fan ventilation capacity? Will there be time for these post mortems …
“Very few countries will get an A vote for what looked like that mess.”
He said the lack of investment meant that “it took much longer” to prepare a vaccine, as this could have been done in less than a year with proper preparation.
But Mrs Gates continued: “I think now, because it was so dramatic, that we weren’t ready for this pandemic, but I think we will be ready for the next pandemic using the new tools of science which is very, very doable. ‘ ‘