Bill Gates Not Happy About US Measures To Contain COVID-19

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 26, 2020

Gates said that the U.S. had missed the opportunity to control the spread of the virus without a shutdown and mocked suggestions that people could be encouraged to continue going about their business as usual.

There are now 66,132 confirmed cases in the United States, with the World Health Organization warning the country could become the next epicentre of the pandemic. The efforts are woefully slow in comparison to those of other countries. He said, "In the Chinese case, it was like six weeks, so we have to prepare ourselves for that and do it very well".

'If you're [a country] doing isolation well, within about 20 days you'll see those numbers [of new cases] really change [go down] and that is a sign that you're on your way'.

Gates understands that it won't be easy for most Americans.

Asked to reflect on this warning and whether he felt it was heeded, he said: 'Basically no. "We're not ready for the next epidemic". Sadly, very little was done, ' Gates recalls.

Mr Gates' comments come after US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he wanted the country to be "open for business" by as soon as Easter in a couple of weeks. It's scary for everyone'.

Instead, Gates said there are also useful lessons for climate that can be drawn from the pandemic crisis, which has emphasized the need to listen to scientists who can often see when there's a "disaster looming".

Driving the news: "I have freed up a lot of time to work on climate", the billionaire philanthropist said.

"In the period before it [coronavirus] showed up, we should have done more in the area of testing", Gates told TED in an interview with head of TED Chris Anderson.

On Wednesday he claimed "fake news" is pushing the need for the lockdown to continue in order for him to perform badly at the upcoming U.S. election in November.

President Trump said Tuesday that he'd like to get the US economy restarted by Easter, which is April 12. Tony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, who is coordinating the day-to-day response on the coronavirus. Today, facing the world, and the Covid-19 is a virus that is very contagious and is also rapidly spreading.

In 2015, Bill Gates predicted a global pandemic would kill many people and grind the world economy to a halt in a 2015 TED Talk. He continued: "South Korea took advantage of February, built up the testing capacity and they were able to contact trace and the infections have gone down even without the type of shutdown that, because we're late, we're having to do".

This wasn't the first time Gates has sounded the alarm.

And then there is Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates' reaction to that impatience from the president.

During the TED Connects online broadcast, Gates said, "The United States missed this opportunity".

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