Bill Gates criticizes US – Haven’t done anything close to fighting pandemic in the country

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Bill Gates criticizes US – Haven’t done anything close to fighting pandemic in the country


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Bill Gates criticizes the US – Haven’t done anything close to fighting pandemic in the country

Microsoft founder Bill Gates criticizes the US government’s efforts in fighting the pandemic. US is not even close to fighting the pandemic. US seems to be bleaker than Mr. Gates expected, he says.

Bill Gates on an interview with Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta in CNN< said that people are still dying in the US and the government’s effort in dealing with the pandemic is not at all praiseworthy.

“It’s possible to ramp up testing for a new pathogen very, very fast,” he said. “In fact a number of countries did that extremely well in this case and the technology keeps getting better there. The US in particular hasn’t had the leadership messages or coordination that you would have expected.”
US has more than 2.4 million positive cases and more than 122,000 people have died. Johns Hopkins University is very particular in providing accurate data of the pandemic in the US.
Some of the reasons are the lack and inability of regular testing and contract tracing. Not wearing masks is also a big reason behind the pandemic widespread.
He said other countries that had done those things effectively had seen numbers drop.
“The range of behaviors in the US right now, some people being very conservative in what they do, and some people ignoring the epidemic, is huge,” Gates said.
“Some people almost feel like it’s a political thing which is unfortunate,” he added, something he says he didn’t expect in America.
“The governor of North Dakota, a friend of mine, had to say ‘please don’t be mean to people wearing a mask’ which kind of blows the mind.”
Gates dismissed the White House’s claim that an increase in case numbers is a direct result of an increase in testing, calling it “completely false.”
He also expressed disappointment with what he called a lack of US leadership to tackle this virus globally, which has led to developing countries — such as Brazil and India — bearing the brunt of this disease.
However, he said he remains hopeful that the US will “step up” and help get the tools, particularly the vaccine, out to everyone in the world.
News Source: CNN

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