Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft (MSFT), offered up some "bad news" in a CNN interview on Sunday ( /) for those feeling optimistic over the imminent U.S. arrival ( ) of the first COVID-19 vaccine.
In other words, keep expectations for the vaccine's impact in check.
"I thought the U.S. would do a better job handling it," Gates told CNN's Jake Tapper. "This virus could be more fatal than it is. We didn't get the worst-case. But the thing that has surprised me is that the economic impact in the U.S. and around the world has been much greater than the forecasts that I made five years ago."
Nearly 300,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.
Gates also said we can expect the world to start its return to normalcy as early as the summer of 2021, with a few caveats.
"Even through early 2022, unless we help other countries get rid of this disease and we get high vaccinations rates in our country, the risk of reintroduction will be there," he said. "And, of course, the global economy will be slowed down, which hurts America's economy in a pretty dramatic way. "
Watch the interview:
-Shawn Langlois; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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December 13, 2020 16:09 ET (21:09 GMT)
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