By Al Edwards
The man who founded tech giant Microsoft, Bill Gates has said that United States President Donald Trump should not concentrate on berating China for the coronavirus pandemic but rather take a collaborative approach with other countries in finding ways to defeat it.
Gates, who now has turned his energies to philanthropy with the progressive Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which he runs with his wife, was speaking earlier in October at the annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy hosted by Randall Lane, chief content officer of Forbes.
“Usually the United States plays a role in global problem-solving, so rather than withdrawing from the World Health Organisation (WHO), they’d be involved, collaborating with other countries, not just trying to cast blame. It’s a tricky situation, where the U.S. sort of turned inward on this,” said Gates.
“U.S. inaction erodes the kind of relationship and admiration and self-confidence that people have had in us as a country.”— Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.
To date, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed US$400 million in research and trying to find a vaccine and is expecting to spend more in doing so.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working closely with the WHO to combat this virus.
Gates continued: “ We’re trying to stitch different country efforts together. The European leaders are trying to fill that vacuum. U.S. inaction erodes the kind of relationship and admiration and self-confidence that people have had in us as a country.”
President Trump continues to declare that the virus came from China and it must assume the blame for the grief wrought upon the world by the pandemic.
Gates called for the world to come together and for the US to play its part in doing so rather than taking an isolationist approach in eradicating coronavirus.
“I just say rationality will reappear from someone at some point and the US will re-engage in its generosity and the world body that is charged with pandemic coordination. At some point there needs to be a responsible plan for how the U.S. cooperates with other countries about health things,” said Gates.