Bill and Melinda Gates Have Opinions about How the US Administration is Tackling the COVID-19 PandemicJune 29, 2020
The current COVID-19 pandemic continues to put tremendous pressure on different sectors around the globe, restricting certain aspects of everyday activities. However, Bill and Melinda Gates have joined in on the efforts to come up with treatment options and preventive measures to curb the spread of the disease. The famed couple has always dedicated their time and efforts towards fighting against some of the world’s most infectious and fast-spreading illnesses such as polio.
Right now, they have expressed their dissatisfaction with the way the United States government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic in its contact tracing and testing initiatives. Other European countries, such as Germany, are miles ahead in terms of these two aspects. In the past, the United States has been at the forefront by trying to be a part of the solution to the world’s most challenging encounters. Now, withdrawing from the WHO goes against that approach.
According to Bill Gates, the US should be partnering with other nations in trying to come up with a viable solution to the mess created by the virus. He made this statement during the ninth annual Philanthropic Forbes 400 summit held recently. Bill Gates revealed that there were efforts geared towards collaborating with different countries through his organization. He believes that the majority of the leaders from European countries are actively trying to close the gap.
This talk was held online, with over 200 philanthropists in attendance. The current inaction by the United States government goes against what the country has been known for over the years. People have confidence in the country, and this is what solid relationships are based. Bill Gates went on to point out the massive role that WHO played in eradicating diseases like polio and smallpox. He hopes that someday there will be a new rational approach that will help the United States collaborate with other nations and be a game-changer the same way it did during the previous global pandemics such as malaria, polio, HIV, and smallpox.
However, it is expected that the virus will remain a massive threat until that time a vaccine can be developed. Bill Gates has seen some positivity from the initial results obtained from three COVID-19 vaccine test subjects. These results were from AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, and Morderna. Ultimately, the most challenging part will be when it comes to mass production and distribution of the final product since the demand for the vaccine stands at 10 billion doses. The aim here is to vaccinate about 80% of the global population for a double-dosage vaccination.
This estimate is primarily dependent on the need to attain herd immunity for better management and control of the disease. Bill Gates believes that this task can be accomplished in under two years if there is a notable success from the candidates at Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. The possibility of delayed manufacture means that there have to be set guidelines laid down to enable more natural distribution of the vaccine. Among the reasons why the couple is very involved in this new project is because he believes that the initial delivery for these coronavirus vaccines should not start with the regions that bid the highest.
Melinda Gates revealed that at the moment, the world has over 60 million healthcare professions from all parts of the world. She insists that these people have earned the right to be the first recipients of the vaccine because they have continued to risk their health by being in the front lines in the fight against the virus. They aim to keep people safe and provide competent treatment to deal with this global scare. Melinda also recommends starting from that approach going up to reach the rest of the population in different regions. In the United States, she thinks that the less privileged and those with prior health conditions should be considered first.