Bill Gates: The U.S. is not doing enough to fight the epidemic

On the morning of June 26, Beijing time, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Thursday that the current global and U.S. development of the new coronavirus is “more serious” than expected, according tomedia reports. “To this day, the fact that people in the U.S. still die from the virus shows that the U.S. is not doing enough to fight the epidemic,” Bill Gates told CNN in an interview about the new coronavirus. “

Bill Gates: The U.S. is not doing enough to fight the epidemic

“Testing a new type of pathogen can be faster and faster, ” Gates said. “

“In fact, in the current situation, many countries are doing very well and their technology is improving. But america has yet to deliver the kind of leadership message and coordination that people expect. “

Eight weeks ago, when Gates last visited CNN’s Town Hall, the death toll from new pneumonia in the United States was 63,000, with more than 1 million cases recorded. Today, those numbers have doubled. At least 2.4 million confirmed cases and more than 122,000 deaths in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Gates attributed the rise to a lack of new coronavirus detection and contact tracing, and the lack of a mask is one of the reasons why it is important. Gates said the number of viruses in countries that have taken effective action has fallen.

“At the moment, the attitudes and behavior of the American people toward snare pneumonia are very different, some people are very conservative in their behavior, and some people are turning a blind eye to the epidemic, ” Gates said. “

“Some people almost think this is a regrettable political event, ” Gates added, which he didn’t expect in the United States.

“One of my friends, the governor of North Dakota, was shocked when he had to say to the public, ‘Please don’t be so mean to people wearing masks.'” “

In the interview, Gates dismissed the White House’s claim that the increase in the number of cases was a direct result of increased testing, calling it “completely false.” Gates was also disappointed by the lack of U.S. leadership in the fight against the virus, a failure that has directly affected developing countries such as Brazil and India.

But Gates also said he still wants the U.S. to “stand up” and speed up the delivery of these medical tools, especially vaccines, to everyone around the world.

Turning to the future of the new crown, Mr Gates said he was in line with the prediction sedited by Dr Anthony Fauci, america’s top infectious disease expert, that a viable vaccine would be available by the end of the year or early 2021. Gates also said he and Fauci have been in touch.

In February, Gates pledged $100m to help contain outbreaks of new coronaviruses around the world, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which he and his wife Melinda co-manage. They say the money will be used to help develop a new coronavirus vaccine, limit its spread and improve testing and treatment of patients.

In the interview, Gates explained that there are two key evaluation criteria for the vaccine development. First, the vaccine must prevent you from developing the disease; On the latter, Gates warned, “There is no guarantee that the vaccine will be the perfect spread blocker.” “

Still, Gates said recent evidence suggests that the antibody’s response is “very strong,” suggesting that anyone infected with the disease will have immunity that lasts about a year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says 10 Americans miss out on every time they are diagnosed with the new coronavirus.

In Gates’ view, the biggest obstacle now is not the development or distribution of vaccines, but the need to ensure that people are vaccinated. Gates explained that because of the urgent need for the vaccine, scientists will have less time to test with different age groups and pregnant women.

“It’s a challenge and we need to use a secure database to build confidence, ” Mr Gates said. “He thinks that eventually most people will accept it.

“If this is a great vaccine that can stop the spread of the virus, then 70 to 80 percent of people will be vaccinated and everyone will benefit,” Gates said. If we can reach this level, we should be able to obtain group immunity, so it can really reduce the number of infections exponentially. “

However, Mr Gates warned that only if the world reached this level of vaccination could people return to normal life, go on vacation, study abroad and conduct normal sporting events.

Asked if society would accept the virus as a new way of life, as it did in mass shootings, Gates said he hoped not.

“It’s a very serious situation and I hope the media will continue to remind people of the tragedy that this virus has brought us,” Mr Gates said. It also highlights the unfairness that the disease brings to the elderly, ethnic minorities and health workers. “

“If you’re living in a nursing home right now, you’re going to feel the anxiety because you’re actually living in a prison-like environment,” Gates said. Older people are worried about the disease because they really lose their lives. “

“It’s not just the children who lost their lives in Vietnam, it’s a huge national tragedy. We can’t ignore that… It’s more important than that. “