As the coronavirus resurgence causes a steep increase in daily deaths and infection rates across the United States, Bill Gates is banking on a coronavirus vaccine to end the pandemic.
“We’ll look back and wish that we had done more before the epidemic hit and done a better job during the epidemic,” Gates, the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“The only good news is that the private sector innovation is going to come along with better therapeutics and the vaccine,” he said.
Over the next 16 months we need to do the right things and then the vaccine coverage will get us out of the mess,” Gates added.
The US topped more than 185,000 daily Covid-19 cases on Thursday, its highest one-day total. The death toll has surpassed 252,000.
“It’s an incredible tragedy,” Gates said.
“In fact, it could have been even worse if the pathogen had been even more fatal.”