Bill Gates appears on a monitor in Seattle during a virtual discussion as part of the 2020 GeekWire Summit on Thursday. (GeekWire Photos / Holly Grambihler)

The COVID-19 pandemic is a “gigantic setback” for the world. But Bill Gates is still optimistic about the future.

As we wrapped up our interview with Gates at the virtual GeekWire Summit on Thursday, we asked the Microsoft co-founder and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair to give us some reasons for hope. We also asked him for one call to action — something we can all do to improve the world. Here’s what he said.

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Scientific advances: Gates is encouraged by the rapid development of vaccines and therapeutics such as monoclonal antibodies, as well as the collaboration happening between researchers around the globe.

Though “things will get worse” between now and the end of the year, he said the U.S. can cut transmission and be in much better shape by late 2021, due in part to so many companies developing therapies for just one disease.

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