Bill Gates: I Want to Set a 'Good Example' By Wearing a Mask After Vaccination
'If you’re vaccinated, you can still transmit,' Microsoft founder claims
Billionaire Bill Gates recently announced he became fully vaccinated following his second round of the coronavirus vaccine but said he would continue to wear a mask to "set a good example."
Gates made the comments during an interview on Clubhouse, the new social media connection app, where he said he would continue social distancing protocols.
“I want to set a good example,” Gates told Sorkin on Clubhouse.
“If you’re vaccinated, you can still transmit.”
Gates said wearing masks “isn’t some huge disastrous thing."
“I’m not going to stop wearing masks or being careful, particularly around older people who haven’t been vaccinated.”
Gates also had his own ideas on when life will return to normal.
“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,” he said.
The Microsoft founder argued at the time that it would need "unbelievably big numbers" of doses of the vaccine for it to work.
"None of the vaccines at this point appear like they'll work with a single dose," Gates said.
Gates also warned that COVID-19 lockdown measures will need to remain in place until at least 2022.
"Even though early 2022, unless we help other countries get rid of this disease and we get high vaccination rates in our country, the risk of reintroduction will be there," Gates said at the time.
Last month, Gates expressed dismay with what he called “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy theories spreading about him on social media.
Gates said the millions of “crazy conspiracy theories” about him and infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci had been fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Nobody would have predicted that I and Dr. Fauci would be so prominent in these really evil theories,” Gates told Reuters.
“I’m very surprised by that.
"I hope it goes away.”