As the COVID vaccine starts rolling out across the USA, Bill Gates has offered some chilling words about the US pandemic response - including our preparation for the future ...
Bill Gates has offered a frightening warning about the US pandemic response.
via: ShutterstockAnd it has left many feeling worried.
He's also offered a brutal look to the future.Gates truly didn't hold back.
Now, of course, 2020 was nothing short of terrible.
via: GettyThe coronavirus pandemic took the entire planet hostage back in March and things have been diabolical, to say the least.
Originating in Wuhan, China, the virus spread across the world at an alarming rate...
via: GettyIt's totally changed the entire world.
Many people have tragically died as a result...
And even more alarmingly so, the United States of America is the worst affected country in the world.
Many believe the terribly high number of deaths could have been prevented...
via: GettyIf certain individuals listened to the experts and practiced social distancing and mask-wearing!
There's no denying how unprepared the entire world was for this pandemic...
via: GettyAnd Donald Trump's eagerness to tone down the virus didn't at all go to plan.
And even when the president tested positive for COVID himself...He continued to play it down and insist that we can simply "live with the virus."
This was extremely alarming for many to hear from one of the most powerful leaders in the world...
@realDonaldTrump “Don’t let it dominate you!” It’s like Trump is saying the >210,000 who have died were weak, like… https://t.co/NQxMWCwa0k— MURRAY (@MURRAY)1601944995.0
Pharmaceutical organizations from all around the world have been working tirelessly to create a vaccine...
via: ShutterstockBut, to begin with, they didn't have much luck.
However, last month we were finally offered some good news.
American multinational pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer, and German biotechnology company BioNTech, have been working on a coronavirus vaccine for the last few months.
And as for the results so far?
Well, they're looking so good that some countries have started distributing the COVID vaccine out to their citizens.
Sandra Lindsay, a nurse from Queens, New York, was the first person to receive the vaccine in the US."I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history," she shared.
But in spite of this good news, Bill Gates has had some harsh words about the US pandemic response.
Getty"The US would have been expected to be the best – we have the CDC, we have the most PCR machines, we’ve got the NIH, and sadly, before the epidemic and the first 2 or 3 months, we didn’t get on top of it," he explained.
He also spoke about the dangers of vaccine distribution.
GettyClaiming focusing the vaccines on American citizens was not the "appropriate response."
"We need to help all of humanity here."
Getty"We want the world economy to be going, we want to minimize the deaths."
He warned against hoarding of the vaccine.
Getty"Blocking international sharing and cooperation has been disruptive and a mistake."
He also warned against a rush of returning to "normal."
Getty"We’ll have 9 months where a few things - where public gatherings - will still be restricted."
Getty"But we can see now somewhere between twelve and eighteen months from then that we have a chance to get back to normal."
He also confirmed he would be happy to take the vaccine.
And expressed hope for a better response to the pandemic under new President Joe Biden.
He also shared his views on the future.
"We can't afford to be caught flat-footed again," he wrote in his annual newsletter.
"To prevent the hardship of this last year from happening again, pandemic preparedness must be taken as seriously as we take the threat of war."
"No one needs to be convinced that an infectious disease could kill millions of people or shut down the global economy."
"Speed matters in a pandemic."
"The faster you act, the faster you cut off exponential growth of the virus."