“Slow.” “Unfortunate.” “Confused.” “Worthless.”
When you hear Bill Gates talk about the US coronavirus response, his words don’t carry the billionaire philanthropist’s erstwhile optimistic tone.
“This pandemic is a huge setback,” he told Insider. This is precisely the kind of setback he’s been warning of for years, saying we need to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way we prepare for wars.
“It could have been not nearly as bad, with a very modest amount of money,” he said. Still, he suggests there is room for hope.
The Gates Foundation co-founder said he’s confident the US could put an end to the pandemic by mustering the country’s wartime fighting strength (and money) to lead a global coronavirus vaccine drive.
Insider spoke with Gates in a wide-ranging interview, where he laid out his thoughts on the coronavirus vaccine race, what he’d fix first about the US pandemic response, how to get your neighbors and friends to wear their masks, and what he thinks Joe Biden might do on day one if he becomes the next president.