CNBC March 24, 2020
Jessica Bursztynsky

Key Points

– Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates answered questions about COVID-19 during a “TED Connects” program.

– Gates said the United States missed its chance to avoid stay-at-home orders because it didn’t act fast enough on the pandemic. 

– He added that the U.S. needs to ramp up its testing abilities. 

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday that the United States missed its chance to avoid mandated shutdowns because it didn’t act fast enough on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. 

“The U.S. is past this opportunity to control (COVID-19) without shutdown,” Gates said during a TED Connects program broadcast online. “We did not act fast enough to have an ability to avoid the shutdown.”

“It’s January when everybody should’ve been on notice,” Gates added. The virus...

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