Madonna Joins Bill & Melinda Gates in Effort to Find Cure Amid Pandemic

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

It could take at least 10 weeks to get the number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases down, he said, and until then, "no one can continue business as usual or relax the shutdown".

Gates told Noah that his foundation is able to move a lot quicker than public health organizations, which may be bogged down by bureaucratic measures and red tape, to start looking for solutions to the current crisis faster. "As we've seen this year, we have a long way to go", he writes. All stories linked in the newsletter are free to access.

It's no wonder that many have criticized the U.S.'s delayed response to the coronavirus pandemic saying things are worse now than they could have been had the government acted sooner. And because of the backlog of samples, it can take seven days for results to arrive when we need them within 24 hours.

"First on the list should be people in essential roles such as health-care workers and first responders, followed by highly symptomatic people who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill and those who are likely to have been exposed", he wrote. AD The same goes for masks and ventilators.

Gates laid emphasis on the need to stick to a data-based approach in developing treatments and vaccines. She stated the money will be used in an effort to find a drug that will prevent or treat COVID-19. This means we don't have a good grasp on how many people are actually infected or a good roadmap of where the virus has been and where it's heading next.

Coronavirus in Suffolk: UK death toll reaches nearly 3000
Another 684 people have died in the United Kingdom after contracting coronavirus - bringing the total number of deaths to 3,605. The amount of confirmed cases also jumped from 25,150 on Tuesday to 29,474 on Wednesday, an increase of more than 4,000.

"To bring the disease to an end, we'll need a safe and effective vaccine".

However, he warned that the development of a vaccine was only half the fight. Because numerous top candidates are made using unique equipment, we'll have to build facilities for each of them, knowing that some won't get used.

Secondly he advised the government to step up its testing abilities and take in an example of NY state that has taken steps to ensure 20,000 tests per day.

He said it makes sense to waste billions of dollars building factories that ultimately prove useless to enable manufacturing of a potential vaccine because "trillions of dollars ... being lost economically".

Trump also said that more than 100,000 and up to 240,000 Americans could die due to COVID-19, a number which could surge up to millions if guidelines are not followed.

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