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Gates: US needs ‘to own up to the fact that we didn’t do a good job’ on COVID-19 response

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Bill Gates said Sunday that the U.S. needs “to own up to the fact that we didn’t do a good job” in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The co-founder of Microsoft and philanthropist told “Fox News Sunday” that the U.S. “did a very poor job” in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to other countries.

“I do think we need to own up to the fact that we didn’t do a good job,” he said. “Part of the reluctance, I think, to fix the testing system now is nobody wants to admit that it’s still outrageous” that the wealthier get more access and the delays in receiving results in 24 hours.

“That should not be the case,” Gates added. “The U.S. has more of these machines, more of  this capacity than other countries by a huge amount.”

Gates also specifically cited the implementation of the U.S.’s restrictions on travelers coming from China and Europe, saying they caused a “rush” that the country was not prepared to handle.  President Trump instituted restrictions on those coming from China in February and from Europe in March and has touted both moves for saving lives during the pandemic.

Gates said his “main focus now” is to “get the tools right” and “get the testing right.”

“We will have time to look at those mistakes which in February and March were super unfortunate,” he said. “But we can’t pretend like we get a good grade even today.”

Gates’s comments come as more than 6.7 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., leading to almost 200,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University


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