According to Gates, a key mistake has been appointing neuroradiologist Scott Atlas to help guide the White House response to the pandemic rather than an epidemiologist or infectious disease specialist. Atlas advocated letting the virus spread unchecked so that the United States would gain collective immunity – an approach contested by many public health experts,The Microsoft co-founder also challenged a recent US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decision to discourage Americans who had been in contact with someone infected with the virus but who were themselves asymptomatic from getting tested. . .
“It blows the mind,” Gates said of the CDC’s revised testing guidelines, which Atlas supports.
The Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association have both urged the CDC to reverse its recommendations, saying it is crucial to identify anyone who is infected even if they are asymptomatic.
The FDA “has lost a lot of credibility”
Gates also criticized Food and Drug Administration commissioner Stephen Hahn, who critics say exaggerated the findings of a Mayo Clinic study on the benefits of usingas a treatment for COVID-19, the next day.
“We’ve seen with the completely failed plasma claims that when you start pressuring people to say optimistic things, they go off the rails completely. The FDA has lost a lot of credibility there, ”Gates said in an interview Tuesday on Bloomberg Television.
The FDA is expected to approve a vaccine to inoculate people with the coronavirus, but recent surveys show that a majority of Americans fear that; a third said they would not get the vaccine, according to a Gallup poll last month.
President Donald Trump, on Labor Day, asserted that athe vaccine could be ready “during the month of October” – just weeks before the presidential election on 3 November. Given that it typically takes several years to develop a vaccine, this shorter timeframe has fueled fears that political pressure may outweigh the to check for a vaccine.
While Gates, 64, has said he has less faith in the FDA than before, he has faith in drugmakers trying to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. Nine of those companies earlier this monthput science and ethics ahead of speed in vaccine development.
“These companies are very professional and the benefits of the vaccine here are very dramatic,” Gates told Bloomberg. “Fortunately, we have this private sector expertise that we want to turn into a global public good that benefits everyone on the planet. ”
Gates’ words were echoed by his wife, Melinda Gates, who told “Axios on HBO” last weekend that only a “lack of leadership” explains why many more people have died in the United States than in the United States. other developed countries.
The United States comes from, but 25% of its coronavirus cases.