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Bill Gates Says Much Of Pandemic Could Have Been Prevented

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Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said that the United States and the world could have done a better job of mitigating the dire impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“If you use January and February properly and did community testing, you didn’t have to go through this horrific economic cost,” Gates said on CNN‘s global town hall. “Tools can be developed enough that an epidemic like this one could have been stopped at very small numbers.”

In an article he wrote for The New England Journal of Medicine, Gates said it would likely cost billions of dollars in order to be better prepared for a pandemic like this one.

However, he said that compared to the cost of the US defense budget, such an investment would prove frugal.

“For something that’s not even 5% of the defense budget, (or even) below that, you can have pandemic preparedness, innovation, stockpiles, simulation that at least for this threat would have been overwhelmingly successful,” he said.

More than one million coronavirus cases and over 63,000 deaths have been reported in the United States alone. Throughout the world, the number of infections has risen above 3.25 million, while the death toll has surpassed 233,000.


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2 thoughts on “Bill Gates Says Much Of Pandemic Could Have Been Prevented

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    May 2, 2020 at 2:27 pm
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    He is correct hunder percent. Two months were wasted. Trump considered Coronavirus a Hoax. His supporters thought the USA ready to counter any Virus. Trump declared that the USA had a few cases and they would reduced to zero.
    Trump should have cooperated with other countries in countering the Virus to contain it. Many medical brains are more productive than one. Democracy works.
    Later one the world will ask why the President of the dominant power in the world ingnored the killing Coronavirus. What was his motive to ignore it and what was his motive for understating the virus. Why did Trump play it in a fool way?
    We know for sure that Trump has been using the Coronavirus and the Death of Americans to provide massive bailouts to inefficient corporations. The Fed has printed trillions for stabilizing the stock market. Stabilization means the provision of free printed money for the top financiers and banks.
    Trump also has accused China for spreading the Viruse, which is a BS argument similar to George Bush’s accusation of Iraq for WMD and the support of AL-Qaeda. Trump threatened China by more tariffs and default on loans. Both threats will damage the American and the world economies.
    Again, scholars will study Trump’s behavior over this Coronavirus period.

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    May 2, 2020 at 2:55 pm
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    I agree with Bill Gates. The criminal-gang in WH is responsible for this Chaos–now, trying to blame others–nothing new?

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