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

Bill Gates says US missed chance to avoid coronavirus shutdown, businesses should stay closed

We commit fully, and he believes it will take a little more than a month or so to start getting back to normalcy on the path.

Responding to this crisis requires global cooperation among governments, worldwide organizations and the business community, which is at the centre of the World Economic Forum's mission as the worldwide Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. CEPI is now supporting the race to develop a vaccine against this strand of the coronavirus.

Gates did not mention Trump by name, but the American president has said that he may decide to relax some of the country's "social distancing" in order to jumpstart the country's shut-down economy. "I think the most important thing to discuss today is that in the area of test, we're still not creating that capacity and applying it to the people most in need, and so we have health workers who are symptomatic who can't get a test, and so they don't know, should they go in or not go in, and yet we have lots of tests who being given to people who are not symptomatic".

"It's very tough to say to people, 'Hey keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner, we want you to keep spending because there's some politician that thinks GDP growth is what counts", Gates explained.

"The U.S.is past this opportunity to control [COVID-19] without shutdown", Gates said during a TED Connects program that was broadcast online.


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". "The subject of the test should be organized urgently." said. "That is super, super urgent", he said. Additionally to-date in America, almost 800 people have died from the virus. That timeline echoes Gates' previous comments about the steps other countries should take to contain the virus.

"The ability to isolate - when you have to go out to get your food every day and earn your wage, when you live in a slum where you're very nearby each other - it gets very hard to do".

In early March, Gates wrote on his blog GatesNotes about how the world should respond to the pandemic.

"President Trump on Tuesday said during a Fox News town hall he needs" packed churches" and to have" the country opened up" again by Easter, despite continued warnings from health officials that the U.S. is nowhere near getting the expanding coronavirus crisis in check. "We're not ready for the next epidemic".

This was not the last time Gates made a similar warning.

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