Bill Gates Slams Trump's Coronavirus Treatment: It Won’t Work for Everyone
Microsoft founder says President calling treatment a 'cure' is 'inappropriate'
During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press," Anchor Chuck Todd said:
“I want to start with those comments from the president about the treatment he received, because these monoclonal antibodies, he’s called this cocktail that he got, this experimental cocktail he’s got, he’s called it a cure."
"This is something you’ve been talking about, too as well, and I think the foundation supported research on this," he added.
"Could this become the leading therapeutic for the coronavirus as we go forward?” Todd asked.
Gates replied: “The word ‘cure’ is inappropriate because it won’t work for everyone."
"But yes, of all the therapeutics, this is the most promising," Gates admitted.
"We have been working with companies doing antibodies, we reserved factory capacity back in the spring, and now we’re partnered with Eli Lilly, who, with Regeneron, has been the fastest to get these antibodies ready," he added.
"They could reduce the death rate quite a bit.”
Trump returned to the White House from Walter Reed military hospital last week, saying he saw his Covid-19 infection as “a blessing from God” because it led him to the treatment.
“They gave me Regeneron — other things, too — but I think this was the key," Trump said.
"They gave me Regeneron, and it was, like, unbelievable. I felt good immediately,” Trump added.
“They call them therapeutic, but to me, it wasn’t just therapeutic, it made me better. I call that a cure.”
Earlier this year, Gates said the "final hurdle" for a new COVID-19 vaccine would be ensuring that the public takes it.
Gates expressed worries that people may reject taking the drug.
The Microsft founder said that once a safe and effective vaccine was ready, people will need to be convinced to take it.
In July, Gates warned that the vaccine might need several doses to be effective.
The Microsoft founder also blasted the Trump administration, accusing them of making "serious mistakes," before warning that schools may not return to normality until the fall of 2021.
Gates argued that it would need "unbelievably big numbers" of doses of the vaccine for it to work.
"None of the vaccines at this point appear like they'll work with a single dose," Gates said.