Bill Gates said the Trump administration has appointed Dr. Scott Atlas as the new coronavirus advisor because he “ agrees ” with the White House’s “ crazy theories. ”
In an interview with STAT News, Microsoft’s co-founder, whose foundation has allocated $ 350 million to COVID-19 initiatives, has criticized the federal government’s response to the pandemic.
This includes the appointment of Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s conservative Hoover Institution.
Atlas has advocated for herd immunity, believes Americans should be exposed to the coronavirus as children, and has questioned the effectiveness of masks.
“The government has now hired a Stanford man who has no background at all, just because he agrees with their crazy theories,” Gates said.
Bill Gates criticized the hiring of Dr. Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist with no background in epidemiology or infectious diseases, as the Trump administration’s new coronavirus advisor. Pictured: Gates at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS funding conference in Lyon, France, October 2019
Gates says Atlas, who has argued for herd immunity and questioned the effectiveness of masks, was only assumed because he “agreed” with the White House’s “crazy theories.” Pictured: Atlas gestures at a press conference at the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute, August 2020
On August 12, Atlas was introduced as the newest member of the White House’s coronavirus task force.
The news shocked many public health experts because Atlas is a neuroradiologist with no background in epidemiology or infectious diseases.
He was even called the ‘anti-Dr. Fauci ‘- a reference to Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert – within the White House, reported The Washington Post.
Atlas has reportedly argued for herd immunity, a theory that large numbers of people could become infected so that the country as a whole could become immune.
However, this could cause the virus to spread uncontrollably and kill thousands of people.
He also said it is “a good thing” and “not a problem” if younger Americans and children are exposed to the virus because they are “not at risk.”
In addition, Atlas supported the recent decision of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to suddenly change the testing recommendations
Previously, health officials had urged anyone exposed to a confirmed patient to be tested for the virus
Now, CDC recommendations say those exposed without symptoms ‘don’t necessarily need a test’ unless they are ‘vulnerable individuals’
Public health experts warned the agency, arguing that more tests are needed, not less, and that it is well known that the virus can be spread by asymptomatic people.
“You know, this is a badly managed situation every step of the way,” Gates told STAT News.
It’s shocking. It’s unbelievable – the fact that we are among the worst in the world. ‘
Gates also criticized Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, after misrepresenting the findings of a Mayo Clinic study that led the agency to approve restorative plasma with emergency use permission.
Hahn noted that the study found a 35 percent decrease in mortality in patients younger than 80 who received plasma.
But the findings actually show that 8.7 percent of patients treated with plasma within three days of diagnosis died after seven days, compared with 11.9 percent who were treated for four days or more.
That’s an absolute difference of 3.2 percent, not 35 percent, and not compared to a control group.
‘This is third grade math. I mean, are you kidding me? Gates said.
The head of the FDA stood up and said it was a 35 percent reduction in deaths, when it wasn’t even a three percent reduction based on just a small subgroup that wasn’t statistical. This is unheard of. ‘