Microsoft founder Bill Gates told Fox News Sunday presenter Chris Wallace that President Trump may have made the coronavirus pandemic worse with his travel bans, in an exclusive interview due to air this week-end.
On January 31, Trump issued a travel ban to China after the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan before issuing more in February and March, banning travel from Europe and other countries with epidemics of coronavirus.
“We created this rush, and we didn’t have the capacity to test or quarantine these people,” the billionaire philanthropist said.
“And so it sowed disease here. You know the ban probably sped up that, the way it was carried out, ”Gates said.
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Wallace urged Gates, “You say the travel bans made it worse, not better? ”
Gates explained that “Mars saw this incredible explosion – the west coast coming out of China, then the east coast coming out of Europe, and so even though we had seen China and we had seen Europe, this test capability and a clear message of how to behave was not there. ”
On Thursday, Gates said the Food and Drug Administration had “lost a lot of credibility” during the pandemic in an interview with Bloomberg.
From the start in response to COVID-19, experts from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were in regular contact with the Trump administration, urging officials to develop a test plan and obtain surveillance data from the Centers for Disease. Control and prevention, STAT News reports.
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“There is no doubt that the United States has missed the opportunity to get ahead of the novel coronavirus,” Gates wrote in a Washington Post op-ed on March 31.
“The choices we and our leaders make now will have a huge impact on how quickly the number of cases begins to decline, how long the economy remains closed, and how many Americans will have to bury a loved one because of of Covid-19. “