US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who warned humanity 5 years ago that he was unprepared for a pandemic like COVID-19, spoke about the current epidemiological situation in the United States.
In his opinion, a lot of time was lost, but now, to minimize damage to people and the country’s economy, all Americans should stay home for another 10 weeks.
This opinion was expressed by a businessman and philanthropist in a column published by The Washington Post. At the same time, all states should issue orders on maximum social distance (so far five of them have not).
“Any misunderstanding of this [ that such measures are necessary – Vesti.Ru ] will only prolong the economic turmoil, increase the likelihood of the virus returning in the future and lead to unnecessary deaths,” Gates wrote.
In addition, the United States must do everything in its power to increase testing for a new coronavirus, primarily by testing healthcare workers. Gates noted that in New York State, the number of daily tests exceeded 20,000, and rightly so.
As for the approach to developing a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, it should be, according to Microsoft co-founder, based on data analysis.
Gates considers it possible to create a vaccine in less than a year and a half, although this has not happened in the history of science. However, the federal government, and not private companies, should become the locomotive of this process.
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