OREANDA-NEWS. The abolition of restrictions imposed against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic will not mean a return to normal life - it will happen no earlier than in a year or even two.

This opinion was expressed by philanthropist and one of the founders of the American corporation Microsoft, Bill Gates, in an interview with a French newspaper published on Tuesday. According to the entrepreneur, work on treatment methods is extremely important and should continue, however, the development of vaccines should be the main step to begin to return to a normal life.

Gates hoped that the United States would nevertheless join the global initiative under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO), aimed at accelerating the development of technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of coronavirus disease. He expressed bewilderment over Washington’s decision to stop contributing to the organization’s budget in the midst of a pandemic and expressed conviction that WHO could not distort the data for the benefit of one state.