Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says the world won't return to normal until "a lot of people" take a second "super-effective" coronavirus vaccine that could be years away.
Gates told NBC that the situation will not be reversed until we reach 'Zero COVID' – totally eliminating the virus worldwide, a goal that represents a higher bar than for any other disease in history.
"The only way we'll get completely back to normal is by having, maybe not the first generation of vaccines, but eventually a vaccine that is super-effective, and that a lot of the people take, and that we get the disease eliminated on a global basis," said Gates.
"That is where we can finally start taking all the problems that have been created — in education, mental health — and start to build back in a positive way," he added.
The Microsoft founder's predictions on when life will return to any semblance of normality appear to be getting increasingly dire.
Last week, we highlighted Gates' forecast that a "best case scenario" for a return to normal would be the end of 2021, a date that was qualified with the proviso, "We still don't know whether these vaccines will succeed."