Bill Gates lambasted the US government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in an interview with STAT, a health news website.
“You know, this has been a mismanaged situation every step of the way,” Gates told STAT. “It’s shocking. It’s unbelievable — the fact that we would be among the worst in the world.”
The Trump administration had made multiple mistakes in COVID-19 testing, mainly in the speed in which results are returned, the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist said.
During the early days of the pandemic, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wanted to be involved in setting up testing procedures. They insisted that commercial laboratories be paid for their work if they returned test results within 24 hours, Gates said.
But that time frame is rarely met. Test results returned after more than 24 hours do little to stop the spread of the virus.