Commercial labs, he said, have left customers with long waits, while “the very wealthy have access to these rapid tests.”
“It’s mind-boggling that you can’t get the government to improve testing because it just wants to say how great it is,” he continued. “I told them, look, have a [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] website that gives priority to those tested. Does not reimburse any test whose results go back after three days. You are paying billions of dollars in this very unfair way to get the world’s most unnecessary test results. ”
“No other country has the madness of testing because they won’t talk about fixing it, because they think they have to keep acting like they’ve done a competent job,” he said. added.
Without sufficiently rapid testing, Gates continued, people with the virus might not be able to self-isolate in time to contain the infection. He added that he believed a vaccine would likely be developed by the end of 2020 or in the first half of 2021.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern about Trump’s executive orders after Beirut tests for US aid to frustrating ally MORE Vocally championed testing for the virus in the United States and has repeatedly claimed that the country’s numbers are high solely because of the testing regime, despite the fact that the percentage positive rate of testing also remains high.