Bill Gates spoke of China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that Beijing “has done many things the right way”.
Speaking with CNN over the weekend, Gates defended China’s response and criticized “the wrong and unjust things” about the country.
He said: “China did many things in the beginning, as in all countries where a virus occurs. They can look back and say where they lost some things. “
Gates added that the U.S. response to the outbreak has been poorly managed.
He added: “You know, some countries responded very quickly and put their tests in place and avoided the incredible economic suffering.
“It’s sad that the United States that you would have expected to do well has done it particularly badly.”
Meanwhile, in an interview with The Times, Gates said that the coronavirus pandemic is his “worst nightmare”.
The billionaire said he has been concerned about the impact of a vial pandemic for years.
Gates, formerly the richest man in the world, previously warned of the need for the world to prepare for global health crises.
“My worst nightmare has come true,” he said.
In a 2015 Ted Talk, Gates reflected on the 2014 Ebola epidemic and said that global companies were not ready for a future epidemic, urging countries to prepare supplies and skills.
He said in the speech: “In the film it is quite different. There is a group of beautiful epidemiologists ready to leave, they move, they save the day, but it is only pure Hollywood”.
In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Gates told The Times that the global health organization in his name will organize funding to build factories to produce vaccines.
These factories will be ready to produce billions of different vaccines before they are approved to speed up the process.
He said: “They will put it in humans soon enough.
“If their antibody results are one of the promising ones, we and the other members of a consortium will help ensure that mass production is produced.”
The American billionaire has devoted much of his time in recent years to public health through the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Foundation works for equal access to health care and education worldwide, typically using more than half of its resources to eradicate diseases such as polio and malaria.
In March, Gates announced that he would withdraw from the Microsoft board of directors to focus on philanthropy.
By equating the Covid-19 pandemic with a world war “except that we are all on the same side,” Gates said that the rise in nationalism in previous years has been futile.
He added: “Go to war with the leaders you have. In retrospect, you can judge how well it went.
“Very few people get an A in terms of what they have done in this situation.”
The 64-year-old said that while blockade measures had negative effects on economies around the world, failure to take measures could have led to “the worst of both worlds”.
He said: “People act as if we had simply obtained the immunity of the flock and left the economy to pieces, it would have gone well, but that counterfactual does not exist.
“The economy in these rich countries that are experiencing the epidemic would have been truly terrible.”
Gates went on to say that Covid-19 was a major blow in the fight for greater equity worldwide as the pandemic would likely have disproportionately affected people in developing countries and disadvantaged people in developed countries.