Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and philanthropist, spoke to POLITICO about his pandemic predictions for the fall and winter. Gates has spoken out numerous times since the pandemic began and hasn’t been shy about sharing his expertise.
Gates thinks things will get worse before they get better. Over 7 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and over 210,000 people have died by mid-October. The White House Task Force shared that 26 states are in the “red zone” for new cases and 24 are in the “yellow zone.” No states are green.
“The fall is going to be worse than the summer,” Gates told POLITICO. “All the numbers are ticking up and there was always a very good chance … that we would see more transmission. Until the new tools come … all we have is our behavior, wearing masks.”
Watch Bil Gates speak to CNBC about the government’s response:
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Gates has said that the government’s response is woefully inadequate and believes that more testing is needed to help prevent the spread of the virus. Speaking with NBC’s Meet the Press, he said the United States is “running the worst testing system, in terms of who gets access to it, of any country.”
“To beat the COVID-19 pandemic, the world needs more than breakthrough science,” Gates said in a previous statement on the coronavirus. “It needs breakthrough generosity. When COVID-19 vaccines are ready, this funding and global coordination will ensure that people all over the world will be able to access them.”
Gates and his wife Melinda have done extensive work on vaccine development and disease eradication as part of their work in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has spoken extensively on the pandemic and its ongoing timeline, including when he sees it ending and the urgency of coronavirus.
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