Bill Gates says he urged Trump to prepare the country for a pandemic weeks before he became president
Bill Gates urged Donald Trump to prioritize national preparedness for a pandemic several weeks before entering the White House, Microsoft co-founder claims.
Gates met then-President Trump in December 2016 at Trump Tower in New York City.
The billionaire philanthropist said he made his pitch to both Trump and his opponent in the presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Wall Street Journal.
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Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been widely criticized as the country’s death toll and deaths continue to rise, while readily available tests seem far away.
Bill Gates says he warned President Trump before taking office that the United States should be prepared for a pandemic. Gates can be seen on the left in Trump Tower in New York City on December 13, the day he met then-President Trump at his home
More than 33 million Americans have claimed unemployment benefits, while Americans have become accustomed to footage of miles of rows of cars waiting outside the food banks.
More than 80,000 Americans have died from a COVID-19-related disease – with a death toll expected to exceed 100,000 in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the president has claimed that his government is testing more than any other country in the world, although statistics do not support this.
Trump has also announced a travel ban that he has imposed on China, which he claims has saved millions of lives.
The president has also been on the defensive amid reports that he had already been warned of the dangers of a pandemic in January.
Trump is said to have dismissed Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, as an ‘alarmist’ after warning the President of the seriousness of the situation.
The above image shows women in a barber shop in Orlando, Florida on Monday. States are starting to reopen companies closed during a weeks-long shutdown
Peter Navarro, Trump’s top trade advisor, wrote two memos – late January and late February – and also warned of a pandemic that would reach the American shores.
Trump has denied reports that he ignored early warnings of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Gates complained that he no longer did anything to warn the world of the dangers of a rapidly spreading infectious disease – even though he gave a famous TED talk in 2015 warning that humanity was not ready for a pandemic.
“I wish I had done more to draw attention to the danger,” Gates told the Journal.
‘I feel horrible.’
The second richest man in the world added, “The whole point of talking was that we could take action and minimize the damage.”
During that TED Talk, Gates predicted that a global pandemic would kill many people and bring the world economy to a halt.
He said that if the richest countries had prepared for a pandemic with the same urgency they had prepared for a nuclear war, the current crisis could have been averted.
“If something kills more than 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s probably a highly contagious virus rather than a war,” Gates said at the time.
“Not missiles, but microbes.”
Gates said governments have overlooked the prospect of a global pandemic even after recent Ebola virus outbreaks.
Ebola killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa between 2013 and 2016, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Gates said the world was lucky that the Ebola outbreak was confined to West Africa.
Ebola, unlike coronavirus, makes those who wear it too sick and weak to walk around and infect others.
Doctors are taking a patient with severe respiratory distress to an ambulance from a group home next to Maimonides Medical Center in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn on Monday. Gates says he regrets that he has not done more to raise the alarm about the pandemic
Gates also wrote it on sheer luck that Ebola was not spreading in urban areas.
“We might not be so lucky next time,” said the multi-billionaire philanthropist.
Gates urged Western governments to view pandemics in the same way as military threats.
He noted that while countries conduct exercises known as “war games” to prepare for future military conflict, they also need to run simulations known as “germ games” to be better prepared for widespread diseases.
Gates warned, “We have invested a lot in nuclear deterrents, but we have invested very little in a system to stop epidemics. We are not ready for the next epidemic. ‘
Since resigning from his position as chief executive at Microsoft, Gates has focused on philanthropy through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
One of the main functions of the organization is to eradicate diseases in underdeveloped parts of the world.
Gates’ renewed expertise in infectious diseases has made him a frequent television commentator while reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The spread of the coronavirus is “the most dramatic thing ever in my life,” Gates told the Journal.
Gates said the pandemic has disrupted his foundation’s previous projects, including eradicating polio and vaccinating children in low-income countries.
The foundation has so far committed $ 305 million for research into a vaccine.
Gates promised that “before the pandemic is over,” we will end up spending a lot more. “
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates issued a TED Talk warning in 2015 that the world was ill-prepared for a global pandemic
He realizes that while he has more resources than most people, governments are the only entities that can deploy the necessary tools to find a solution.
“I’m putting hundreds of millions of the foundation’s money in here,” he said.
“But it really is something of the government, just like the defense budget is there to help with the outbreak of war.”
Gates said that during his conversations with world leaders, they agreed with him on the need to be prepared for the pandemic.
But most countries were reluctant to spend the necessary resources to protect themselves because there seemed to be no immediate threat.
“I wish the warnings I and other people gave had led to more coordinated global action,” he said.
Melinda Gates condemns the Trump administration for creating ‘chaos’ and showing lack of leadership in coronavirus responses
- Gates, 55, recently spoke to today’s Savannah Guthrie and Politico about the federal government’s response to COVID-19
- She accused Trump administration of lack of national leadership and gave her approach to the crisis a ‘D-minus’ rating
- Gates cited Germany as an example of a country that has been able to keep certain sectors of its economy open thanks to its leadership
- Gates bluntly said she was ‘disappointed’ by President Trump’s response to the pandemic, which she says has caused ‘chaos’
Melinda Gates openly condemned the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying that a lack of leadership at the national level has led to ‘chaos’ across the board.
The billionaire philanthropist, who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with its Microsoft co-founder, did not mince words when asked to weigh in on the U.S. approach to the global health crisis in an interview. with TShow’s today Savannah Guthrie on Friday.
“I’m both surprised we weren’t better prepared, but frankly I’m surprised we wasted so much time. That we have not had leadership at the national level to conduct tests the right way, protective equipment the right way, contact tracking the right way, ”Gates said.
“In the absence of leadership, there are fifty home-grown state solutions, and that should not be the case.”
Melinda Gates was interviewed via Skype by Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s Today on Thursday about the government’s response to the corona virus
Gates denounced President Donald Trump for lack of leadership, claiming that his government was behind everything from testing to contract tracking
The Bill ansd Melinda Gates Foundation committed $ 300 million to develop treatments and vaccines that target COVID-19
Gates, 55, cited Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel at the helm as an example of a country that has been able to keep certain sectors of its economy open ‘safely’ thanks to its science-led national leadership.
“That’s the kind of leadership we can expect as citizens in this country, and we don’t get it,” Gates added. “And so you see what is happening. And it is chaos. ‘
When Guthrie asked if she blames President Donald Trump, Gates replied, “I’m disappointed with what I’ve seen, yes.”
In a separate interview with Politically on Thursday, Gates gave the Trump administration’s treatment of the pandemic a moderate “D-minus” for failing to coordinate efforts at the summit.
She argued that the government should invest more money in COVID-19 testing and contact tracking, as well as vaccine development, to safely reopen the country.
White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement to Politico that Trump had taken an “ unprecedented approach ” to work with governors to provide the states with the essential supplies they need.
“The White House has been working with governors and their teams since January on this government-wide response,” the spokesperson told the news agency.
Founded 20 years ago to eradicate diseases such as polio and malaria around the world, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation committed $ 300 million in February to help find treatments and vaccines targeting COVID 19.
In her interview on NBC’s Today last week, Melinda Gates said she believes the US is still in the early stages of the pandemic and urged caution.
“To reopen, we need to test and track a lot more, and we have to be very careful and go very slow when we reopen,” she explained.
“You should never reopen in places where you accelerate disease.”
When asked about the ongoing search for a vaccine, Gates said the timeline she hears from scientists is 12-18 months, but added that there are “a few good candidates.”
As of Monday afternoon, there were more than 1.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country and more than 80,000 deaths.
In April, the Trump administration, eager to jump-start the troubled economy plagued by rising unemployment, announced the launch of Operation Warp Speed, which aims to rapidly deliver 300 million doses of a COVID-19. to develop, produce and distribute the vaccine by January 2021.
Guthrie told Gates during the interview that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who led the national response to the pandemic, recently told her that the timetable for the government-determined operation was feasible .
When asked about her opinion of the plan, Gates was very skeptical.
“Boy, that would be lucky if there were hundreds of millions of doses in January,” she said.
“I’m not sure how likely that is. These things take time because we need to know they are safe. So I’m hopeful … would I say it probably is? I would hesitate a bit about that. ‘