Billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates demanded a nationwide shutdown on Tuesday. He claims that it is the most effective way to deal with the coronavirus and keep it from spreading.
He wrote a Washington Post op-ed stating that he has been in contact with experts through his charity work (if you can call it that) who all agree that a national quarantine would be more effective than issuing the stay at home orders while some businesses remain open. He said that American needs a "consistent nationwide approach to shutting down."
“Despite urging from public health experts, some states and counties haven’t shut down completely. In some states, beaches are still open; in others, restaurants still serve sit-down meals,” Gates wrote.“This is a recipe for disaster. Because people can travel freely across state lines, so can the virus. The country’s leaders need to be clear: Shutdown anywhere means shutdown everywhere."
He added, “Until the case numbers start to go down across America — which could take 10 weeks or more — no one can continue business as usual or relax the shutdown.”
Gates also mentioned a potential vaccine within a year and a half, "creating a vaccine is only half the battle" and added that production of the vaccine would need heightened in order to provide it to the world. I don't know about you, but I surely won't be taking that!
"We can start now by building the facilities where these vaccines will be made," Gates continued. "Because many of the top candidates are made using unique equipment, we’ll have to build facilities for each of them, knowing that some won’t get used."
"Private companies can’t take that kind of risk, but the federal government can. It’s a great sign that the administration made deals this week with at least two companies to prepare for vaccine manufacturing. I hope more deals will follow," he said.
I think a nationwide shutdown is absurd!
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