Experts are growing concerned that we could be headed for a hellacious second wave of COVID-19 calamity in the coming weeks, thanks to the rising numbers of cases that we see around the nation and a move away from social distancing that we have seen in several states.
In fact, states such as Texas have paused or rolled back their reopening schedules on account of an alarming number of new cases that have been reported over the course of the past few days.
Now, as the nation looks for answers, CNN is asking Bill Gates what he thinks, and he has unsurprisingly taken aim at the Trump administration’s efforts to curb the coronavirus.
Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta in a Coronavirus Town Hall, Gates said the fact that people are still dying in the US today shows that the country is “not even close” to doing enough to fight the pandemic.
“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.”
Then came his political concern.
“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.
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