Trevor Noah interviewed Bill Gates on The Daily Show this past week. The comedian asked the mogul for his opinion on what can be done to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The philanthropist and his wife Melinda Gates had pledged over $100 million to help fight the pandemic. When asked why he thinks many governments are failing to combat coronavirus, the 64 year old said that it is because not enough people are being tested.
“If you get the right testing capacity you can change by literally millions, the number who are infected. And government’s will eventually come up with a lot of money for these things, but they don’t know where to direct it, they can’t move quickly,” he explained.
He said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a lot of expertise on infectious diseases. They will fund the ongoing research for a vaccine and even the possible cure. Factories will also be built where the medication can be manufactured. Several possible vaccines will be tested to find one that work.
“It will be a few billion dollars we’ll waste on manufacturing for the constructs that don’t get picked because something else is better. But a few billion in this, the situation we’re in, where there’s trillions of dollars, that’s a thousand times more, trillions of dollars more being lost economically, it is worth it.”
The Microsoft founder said his foundation can move quicker than the government and possibly save months of time because every month counts.
“We’ll have a lot of unusual measures until we get the world vaccinated. 7 billion people, that’s a tall order but it is, it is where we need to get to uhhh despite a lot of things in between now and then to minimize the damage,” he explained.