Bill Gates on US COVID Response: I Couldn’t Have Predicted It Would Go This Poorly

Bill Gates is the richest man in the world. And he has been willing to use some of that wealth to help the United States combat COVID-19. The Microsoft founder has pleged hundreds of millions of dollars towards helping to find a vaccine.

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There is only so much the billionaire can do, however, as the virus has yet to be contained in the country. Gates spoke about his COVID worries with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday morning.

The host asked, “Explain the fact that the richest country on earth, that spends per capita maybe two to three times as much on health care as all the other rich countries in the world, seems to be kind of at the bottom of the pile of the advanced countries in the world in being able to handle this pandemic.”

“It took a number of mistakes,” responded Gates. “And I wouldn’t have predicted that we would do so poorly.”

The billionaire then said of the country’s testing issues, “It’s mind-blowing that because you can’t get the federal government to improve the testing, because they just want to say how great it is — you know, I’ve said to them, look, have a CDC Web site that prioritizes who gets tested. That’s trivial to do. They won’t pay attention to that.”

Gates closed his comments, “No other country has the testing insanity because they won’t talk about fixing it because they’re — you know, they think they need to just keep acting like they’ve done a competent job.”

Watch a clip from the interview below, courtesy of CNN:

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