Melinda Gates is completely sickened and angry about how President Trump has handled the Coronavirus pandemic. She says he should have been more prepared and provided real leadership in keeping the statistics down. She believes he waited too long and gave the wrong advice creating complete chaos.
She rated him a D-minus because of a lack of leadership and urgency.
'I'm both surprised we weren’t better prepared, but quite honestly I’m surprised we’ve wasted so much time. That we haven’t had leadership at the national level to get out tests in the right way, protective gear in the right way, contact tracing in the right way,' Gates said. 'With lack of leadership, there are 50 homegrown state solutions, and that just shouldn't be.'
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'To reopen, we need to do far more testing and tracing, and we need to be very careful and go very slowly as we reopen,' she explained. 'You should never be reopening in places where you go accelerating disease.'
When asked about the ongoing search for a vaccine, Gates said the timeline she's been hearing from scientists is 12-18 months, but she added there are 'a few good candidates.'
As of Monday afternoon, there have been more than 1.3million confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide and more than 80,000 deaths.
In April, the Trump administration, which has been eager to jump-start the hobbled economy plagued by soaring unemployment numbers, announced the launch of Operation Warp Speed, which seeks to rapidly develop, produce and distribute 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021.
Guthrie told Gates during the interview that she was recently told by Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has been leading the national response to the pandemic, that the timetable of the operation laid out by the government was feasible.
When asked for her take on the plan, Gates sounded highly skeptical.
'Boy, that would be lucky to have hundreds of millions of doses by January,' she said. 'I'm not sure how likely that is. These things take time because we have to know that there are safe. So, I'm hopeful...would I say it's likely? I'd hesitate a bit on that one.'
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was founded 20 years ago to eradicate diseases such as polio and malaria around the globe. For the current pandemic, they have donated $300million to find treatment and create vaccines for COVID-19.
Back in 2014, he talked about how countries around the world need to be prepared for future pandemics on TED talk. I can agree with them on this last statement. It would be wise to prepare for such events. We are currently in a medical glass vile shortage that will hinder how quickly we can get the vaccine once approved into viles for use for example.