Bill Gates accuses Trump’s COVID adviser Dr. Scott Atlas as a ‘pseudo-expert’ who is ‘off the rails’
Bill Gates has criticized White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas as a “ pseudo-expert ” and labeled him as “ off the rails. ”
The Microsoft billionaire’s comments about Atlas joined an increasing chorus from public health experts that has been ringing in recent weeks.
“We now have a pseudo-expert advising the president,” Gates said during Yahoo FinanceAll Market Summit: Road to Recovery on Monday.
The outlet said that after the initial interview on Oct. 15, Gates confirmed that he was talking about Atlas and added that the Stanford professor is “ off the rails. ”
Speaking at Yahoo Finance’s All Market Summit: Road to Recovery, Bill Gates (pictured) called Dr. Scott Atlas a ‘pseudo-expert’
News reports indicate that Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist who has fallen into favor with the president, has promoted the controversial herd theory in the White House.
The idea has been devastated by several other experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was previously the face of the White House working group and called it “scientifically and ethically problematic.”
Fauci said in an interview on 60 Minutes, “ If you just let things rip and let go of the infection – no masks, crowds of people – it’s frankly ridiculous.
“What that will do is there will be so many people in the community that you cannot take care of, that you cannot protect, who will get sick and suffer serious consequences.
‘If you talk to someone who has experience in epidemiology and infectious diseases, they will tell you it is risky and you will end up with many more infections from vulnerable people, leading to hospitalizations and deaths.
“I think we should look that straight in the eye and say it’s bullshit.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci (left) has destroyed the idea of herd immunity, which Dr. Scott Atlas (right) allegedly advocated in the White House
Atlas was later accused of sharing pandemic misinformation on Twitter, where social media site officials removed his misleading claim that face masks don’t work.
Twitter said Atlas violated policies prohibiting users from sharing false or misleading content related to the pandemic that could lead to harm.
Atlas, a former commentator on Fox News, also reportedly opposed extensions to coronavirus testing, which the US struggled to reach throughout the spring and summer.
During his interview with Yahoo Finance, Gates laid the Trump administration down for attempting to suppress the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The most malicious thing is that you start attacking your own experts and suggest that politicians might know better than disease experts,” he told editor-in-chief Andy Serwer.
In this case, the CDC has not really been allowed to speak out. When they tried to put information on their website, it was modified by politicians. ‘
This month, the Wall Street Journal reported that White House advisers were making line-by-line changes to the official guidelines set by the agency.
Trump last month discredited CDC director Robert Redfield and he is a constant target of Fauci.
“Tony Fauci, great person, his messages are pretty clear,” Gates told Yahoo Finance. “But if attacked, those messages can’t develop the kind of patience and help each other that would lower the death rate.”
Gates: ‘Tony Fauci, great person, his messages are pretty straightforward, but if attacked, those messages can’t develop the kind of patience and help each other that would lower the death rate’
Pictured: President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign meeting at HoverTech International Monday in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Last week, Michael Osterholm, a renowned infectious disease expert, theorized the same issues about anti-science and leadership while speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press.
He explained that Americans do not currently have a ‘leading’ or ‘consolidated’ voice to guide them through the pandemic.
‘People don’t know what to believe, and that is one of our great challenges in the future [is] that we need to deliver a message to the public that reflects science and reality, ”said Osterholm.
‘We need someone to start saying,’ What’s our long-term plan? How are we going to get there? Why do we ask people to renounce? Why do we tell people that if you really love your family, you won ‘if I go home for Thanksgiving or Christmas and end up infecting Mom or Dad or Grandpa and Grandma. “
‘We don’t have those stories going on right now, and that’s just as important as science itself.’
As the number of coronavirus cases in the US exceeded 8.6 million and the death toll reached 225,000, Gates gave a frank acknowledgment of how the US has fared so far.
“Unfortunately, as we move into the fall, the number of cases and deaths will increase again,” he warned.
‘The reason those numbers are so high is partly because our response was very poor. Our tests, reports of masks and social detachment brought us to the bottom of rich countries. ‘
He added that several factors – including coronavirus depletion, more time indoors, and an increase in cold-weather respiratory infections – are likely to continue until another round of pandemic spikes.
Gates echoed the optimistic report that a coronavirus vaccine could appear early next year as trials continue, but admitted that a wave of backlash could disrupt efforts to curb the virus.
The wave of wild tales about the vaccine – that it’s a conspiracy, that it’s based on malicious intent – often referring to myself or Dr. Fauci, is a wild new element that I didn’t expect, ”he said.
Gates said he hoped some Americans understood “this is to benefit other people and so they will go first.”
“There is more risk than I expected because of that political interference and those political messages,” he said.
On Friday, the US set a one-day record for business with more than 85,000.