Bill Gates is worried about what he sees as an irritated response from the Trump administrationand fears that the policy will undermine public confidence in a possible vaccine.
The billionaire philanthropist and his wife have voiced their concerns in a number of news outlets, detailing what they see as a series of mistakes in countering the virus in the United States. News. “It’s shocking. It’s amazing that we will be among the worst in the world.”
According to Gates, a key mistake was to appoint neuroradiologist Scott Atlas to help direct the White House̵
The co-founder of Microsoft also challenged the recent move by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discourage Americans who have been in contact with someone with the virus but were themselves asymptomatic from testing.
“It’s mind-boggling,” Gates said of the revised CDC testing guidelines that Atlas supports.
The American Society of Infectious Diseases and the HIV Medical Association have called on the CDC to reverse its recommendations, saying it is crucial to identify anyone who is infected, even if asymptomatic.
FDA “lost a lot of confidence”
Gates also criticized Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn, who critics said was exaggerating findings from a Mayo Clinic study on the benefits of usingas a treatment for COVID-19, the next day.
“With completely irritated plasma statements, we saw that when you start pushing people to say optimistic things, they’re completely off track. The FDA has lost a lot of credibility there,” Gates said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Tuesday.
The FDA will have to approve a vaccine to inoculate humans with coronavirus, but recent studies show that most Americans are concerned that; a third said it would not be vaccinated, according to a Gallup study last month.
President Donald Trump said on Labor Day that athe vaccine could be ready “in October” – just weeks before the November 3rd presidential election. Given that it usually takes several years to develop a vaccine, this shortened time frame fuels fears that political pressure may reverse of vaccine testing.
While Gates, 64, said he had less faith in the FDA than before, he had faith in drug manufacturers trying to develop a coronavirus vaccine. Nine of these companies earlier this monthto put science and ethics ahead of the speed of vaccine development.
“These companies are very professional and the benefits of the vaccine here are very dramatic,” Gates told Bloomberg. “Thank God we have this experience in the private sector that we want to turn into a global public good that reaches everyone on the planet.”
Gates’ words were echoed by his wife, Melinda Gates, who told Axios on HBO last weekend that only the “lack of leadership” explained why many more people had died in the United States than in other developed countries.
The United States just, but 25% of coronavirus cases.