Bill Gates admits COVID is ‘kind of like flu,’ applauds Australia’s quarantine camps, and says Americans aren’t great at making sacrifices
(by Paul Sacca | The Blaze) – Bill Gates – the software developer – has been making the media rounds the past two weeks to promote his new book about preventing a new pandemic. In interviews this week, Gates delivered his opinions on a myriad of COVID-related topics – including the coronavirus lab-leak theory, individual liberties during a pandemic, Australia’s quarantine camps, issues with COVID-19 vaccines, and the possibility of climate change causing disease outbreaks.
On Tuesday, Gates was interviewed by CNN host and Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria at an event organized by 92nd Street Y – a self-described “cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment, and conversation.”
Gates proclaimed, “The vaccines are imperfect and in two very important ways.”
“One is they don’t block infection,” he said. “We were hoping that the vaccine would create enough antibodies in your upper respiratory tract, including your nose and throat, that vaccinated people wouldn’t get infected.”
“Well, once Omicron comes along, the vaccine is not reducing transmission, hardly at all, particularly about three or four months after you take the vaccine,” Gates noted.
“The other thing is duration,” he added. “You know, we’re seeing through a variety of the data, Israel data, U.K. data, that particularly if you’re in your 70s, within four or five months of taking the vaccine, that protection really is going down. Weirdly for young people, that protection does not seem to go down and we’ve seen this with previous vaccines.”
“The mRNA vaccines are a miracle, but they weren’t perfect,” he said. “And so next time, people will have much better vaccines and, and better therapeutics as well.”
Gates stated, “We’re going to create some new flu vaccines that that are much better.”
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Gates noted that early in the pandemic, “We didn’t really understand the fatality rate, you know, we didn’t understand that it’s a fairly low fatality rate and that it’s a disease mainly the elderly, kind of like flu is, although a bit different than that.”
“So that was pretty scary period, where the world didn’t go on alert, including the United States, nearly as fast as it needed to,” Gates told Zakaria. Read Full Article >