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28th Mar 2021

Bill Gates: Wear a mask even after your Covid-19 vaccine

Bill Gates said he will continue to wear his face mask for the next few months, even after having his coronavirus vaccine

Alex Roberts

“If you’re vaccinated, you can still transmit.”

Bill Gates said he will continue to wear his face mask for the next few months, even after having his coronavirus vaccine.

The 65-year-old Microsoft founder had his first jab back in January.

Writing at the time, Gates said:

“One of the benefits of being 65 is that I’m eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. I got my first dose this week, and I feel great.

“Thank you to all of the scientists, trial participants, regulators, and frontline healthcare workers who got us to this point.”

Formerly the world’s richest man, Gates received his second coronavirus vaccine in February – as revealed in an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin on social media app Clubhouse.

Despite receiving his two Covid jabs, Gates said he will continue to exercise caution regarding interaction with others. That includes wearing a face mask and following social distancing guidelines.

“I want to set a good example,” he said.

“If you’re vaccinated, you can still transmit.”

In the last few days, Gates has predicted that the world will be “completely back to normal by 2022”.

During an interview with the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and broadcaster TVN24, Gates said: “By the end of 2022 we should be basically completely back to normal.”

He added that the only positive to come from the pandemic was ready access to Covid-19 vaccinations.

Gates responded to the news that Africa had administered its first dose of the Covid-19 COVAX vaccine earlier this month.

He said on Twitter: “Delivering vaccines to those who need them most, no matter where they live or how much money they have, is the only way to end the pandemic and begin the recovery. This is an important milestone.”

Earlier this year, Gates has hit back at “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy theories posted about him on social media.

The philanthropist was the subject of spurious claims falsely accusing him of sinister involvement in the handling of the Covid-19 crisis.

In a video first posted by Reuters, Gates said conspiracies likely spread due to the growing influence of social media.

“The presence of social media plus a pandemic is a combination that’s never been tried before.

“Nobody would have predicted that I and Dr. Fauci would be so prominent in evil theories about ‘Did we create the pandemic?’ or ‘Are we trying to profit from it?'”

Gates said he was surprised by the number of false claims posted online about him and Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert currently serving as Chief Medical Adviser to the US President.

“There are millions of messages out there where my name or Dr. Fauci’s name is used. But do people really believe that stuff?”