Bill Gates, billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft, received his second Covid vaccine dose last week. In an interview Wednesday, Gates disclosed he is now vaccinated. Still, he will comply with safety precautions and continue to wear a mask.
“I want to set a good example. Even if you’re vaccinated, you can still transmit.” Gates told Andrew Ross Sorkin on Clubhouse.
Gates argued that he won’t stop wearing a mask because vaccination doesn’t mean that he won’t transmit the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), vaccinated people for the Covid-19 virus should continue to follow the same public health safety measures imposed during the lockdowns.
According to a CNBC report, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness or death from COVID-19. Unfortunately, there is no evidence on whether or not the vaccines could prevent virus transmission.
Gates believes by next summer or late spring, people’s behavior should change in a significant way, expecting a decrease in covid-19 cases by then.
“I’m not going to stop wearing masks or being careful, particularly around older people who haven’t been vaccinated. It’s only by late spring or summer that we’re going to get to numbers where you can look at changing your behavior in a significant way,” Gates added.
300 Million Americans Vaccinated by Summer
Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Chief Medical Advisor said that Americans could wear masks through 2022. In an interview with CNN, Fauci said, “We will only get rid of masks when the Covid-19 circulation is halted.”
“If you see the level coming down really, really very low, I want it to keep coming down to a baseline that’s so low that…there’s a minimal, minimal threat you’ll be exposed to someone who’s infected,” Fauci said.
However, vaccinated people should be able to sit around with other vaccine receivers without wearing masks. Vaccinated individuals should only wear masks in public when with unvaccinated individuals.
According to Fauci, 300 million vaccine doses will be provided by July. However, it would take the full summer to vaccinate all Americans.