Microsoft founder and philanthropist Invoice Gates joined CNN’s world city corridor to talk about the coronavirus pandemic and what must be carried out.
He is been warning concerning the dangers of a pandemic for years. Again in 2015, throughout a TED Speak, he warned that the best menace we face is not nuclear struggle, however a pandemic.
Since then, he has referred to as for extra funding in pandemic preparation, vaccine and diagnostic improvement, and simulation coaching — however “not a lot has occurred.”
“That is sort of the nightmare state of affairs,” he mentioned of the coronavirus pandemic.
Different international locations have carried out higher than the US: The international locations laborious hit by SARS in 2003, like these in Asia, “are those which have carried out greatest on this epidemic as a result of they acted when the variety of instances have been nonetheless very, very small,” Gates mentioned.
The US response, in distinction, has been gradual and chaotic, he added. We is perhaps higher off now if we had “behaved a little bit just like the international locations which have carried out the perfect on this one.”
And it is not over but. “We now have not peaked,” he warned, calling for extra dramatic lockdowns to stop additional infections and deaths.
“Mainly the entire nation must do what was carried out in the part of China the place that they had these infections,” he added.