The philanthropist and founder of Microsoft Corp. Bill Gates will focus all of its resources on fighting coronavirus. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with an endowment exceeding $40 billion, will give “total attention” to the pandemic that has killed more than 200,000, said Bill Gates earlier in an interview.
Presently, he is funding production of the seven most promising ideas for a vaccine on the deadly coronavirus. The foundation has contributed $250 million to help counter the coronavirus so far.
“If everything went perfectly, we’d be in scale manufacturing within a year,” said Gates. The world’s richest man further stated that “Dr. Fauci and I have been fairly consistent to say 18 months to create expectations that are not too high.”
Anthony Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force. He also discussed the availability of testing for the coronavirus in the U.S. On Saturday, US President Donald Trump tweeted, the U.S “just passed 5 million Tests, far more than any other country.”
“This focus on the number of tests understates the cacophony and the mistakes we’ve made in the testing system,” Gates said.
“The wrong people are being tested, and any time you don’t get results in less than 24 hours, the value of the test is dramatically reduced,” Gates continued.
The foundation has contributed $250 million to help counter the coronavirus so far, and is re-purposing units dedicated to fighting other diseases to join in the battle against the pandemic. Gates defended the World Health Organization against President Trump’s accusations that the body mishandled the virus response and has been biased for China. “WHO is clearly very, very important and should actually get extra support to perform their role during this epidemic,” he stated.