Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Wednesday, July 22, implied that President Donald Trump has made “serious mistakes” in his handling of the CCP Virus (coronavirus).
During an interview on CBS News, Gates said that a general lack of leadership was one of reasons that led to a surge of the CCP Virus cases in the United States. He also weighed in on the president’s statements that the United States has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world, saying that the president was wrong.
“Not at all, not even close,” Gates said. “By almost every measure, the U.S. is one of the worst.”
President Trump on Sunday told Fox News host Chris Wallace that recent statistics regarding virus cases and deaths are misleading. The president disputed Wallace’s claim that the United States currently has the seventh-highest mortality rate in the world. Wallace used a chart from Johns Hopkins University while the president showed one which uses data from the European Centre for Disease Protection and Control.
Gates, who has been warning about the threat of a global pandemic since 2015, has donated $250 million to fight the CCP Virus through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation in June pledged an additional $1.6 billion to Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance in an effort to immunize 300 million more children from the CCP Virus in the world’s most vulnerable communities.
In April, Gates slammed President Trump’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization during an ongoing investigation into its response to the pandemic, saying that the organization “should get more money, not less money.”
He suggested Wednesday that people could need multiple doses of a potential vaccine to protect themselves from the virus once it becomes available.
“None of the vaccines at this point appear like they’ll work with a single dose,” Gates said. “That was the hope at the very beginning.”
The billionaire also denied conspiracy theories that accused him of wanting to use the CCP Virus vaccines to implant tracking devices in people.
“We need to get the truth out there,” Gates said. “I hope it’ll die down as people get the facts.”