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US Bill Gates: It's 'outrageous' Americans can't get coronavirus test result in 24 hours

00:00  21 september  2020
00:00  21 september  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Bill Gates says it ' s ' outrageous ' that Americans still can ' t get coronavirus test results in 24 hours . Gates said that political and health leaders need to publicly admit that the current testing situation is inadequate and find ways to make the system more efficient, saying that "we can ' t pretend

(CNN) -- Bill Gates is frustrated by the way coronavirus testing is behind handled in the United States. "Even today, people don' t get their results in 24 hours ," Bill Gates said on "Fox News Sunday.". " It ' s outrageous that we still have that.".

Bill Gates is frustrated by the way coronavirus testing is behind handled in the United States.

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"Even today, people don't get their results in 24 hours," Bill Gates said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's outrageous that we still have that."

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Billionaire Bill Gates blasted the slow coronavirus testing times in the United States, calling the turnaround times of more than 24 hours " outrageous ."

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. Gates added Tuesday that the United States needs to ramp up its COVID-19 testing abilities and

And when it comes to the technology behind the testing, Gates made it clear that there's no excuse for the slow timeline. "The US has more of these machines, more of this capacity than other countries by a huge amount," he said.

As for the way the US handled the pandemic overall, "We did a very poor job and you can just see that in the numbers," Gates said.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been very involved with the race for a coronavirus vaccine. The foundation is backing CureVac, a German biotech that is working on a Covid-19 vaccine. CureVac recently received approval from the governments of Germany and Belgium to start clinical trials for one of its Covid-19 vaccines.

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