Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates: The next 4 to 6 months will be the worst stage of the US epidemic

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As Pfizer’s new coronavirus vaccine began to be delivered on Sunday, optimism that the pandemic is expected to end has risen. But Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates warned that the United States is far from getting out of the predicament and may face the worst period of the epidemic this winter.

Gates said in a television interview: “Unfortunately, the next 4 to 6 months may be the worst stage of the pandemic .”

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn (Stephen Hahn) said on Sunday that he expects the United States to start the first batch of vaccines on Monday.

But medical workers and the elderly will get the vaccine first, and widespread vaccination may have to wait until next spring or even summer. For this reason, US health officials believe that the epidemic in the United States may not be controlled until the second half of 2021. As the chief infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said, by then about 75% of the population will have been vaccinated. A “herd immunity umbrella”.

Gates said: “There will still be bad news in the near future,” he cited a model from the Institute of Health Indicators and Evaluation, pointing out that the United States may have more than 200,000 new deaths from new coronary pneumonia by April next year.

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