Bill Gates is alarmed by what he views as the Trump administration’s bungled response to theand fears that politics will erode public confidence in the eventual vaccine.
The billionaire philanthropist and his wife aired their concerns with multiple news outlets, detailing what they see as a series of errors in confronting a virus in the U.S. “You know, this has been a mismanaged situation every step of the way,” Gates told STAT News. “It’s shocking. It’s unbelievable — the fact that we would be among the worst in the world.”
According to Gates, a key error was appointing neuroradiologist Scott Atlas to help guide the White House’s response to the pandemic rather than an epidemiologist or infectious disease specialist. Atlas has advocated letting the virus spread unchecked in order for the U.S. to achieve herd immunity — an approach opposed by many public health experts,.