On Friday, Microsoft founder Bill Gates compared wearing face masks as a form COVID-19 prevention with countries who require individuals to wear pants in public. The billionaire appeared to mock the concern, as audience members at the 2022 Munich Security Conference laughed along. The founder of Microsoft also predicted that in the future, there will be more mask-wearing as the COVID-19 virus becomes more like the flu — an annual occurrence due to the fact the world does not yet have a vaccine to completely eradicate the virus.
Gates was joined by Melanie Joly, Canada’s foreign affairs minister; Ann Linde, Sweden’s foreign affairs minister; Comfort Ero, CEO of the International Crisis Group; and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) director-general, as well as CNBC’s Hadley Beale, who was leading the discussion.
During the long-ranging discussion, Beale asked: “What about masks? I think there are a lot of people in America who are confused about whether they should be wearing a mask, and in the United Kingdom for, example, they’ve scrapped that all together.”
“Well that’s interesting you know what is the downside of wearing a mask? I mean it’s got to be tough, you know, you have to wear pants. I mean this is tough stuff, these societies are so cruel, why do they make you wear pants? I’m trying to figure it out.” Gates said to laughter in a sarcastic tone.
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