Bill Gates believes one of the biggest roadblocks to effective COVID-19 testing in the US is “stupidity,” he said in an interview with WIRED published Friday.
Specifically, Gates said most US tests are “completely garbage” because it takes so long to return results. Coronavirus tests across the US regularly take more than a week to return results, frustrating public health authorities who rely on timely testing data.
“Well, that’s just stupidity,” Gates said when asked about the delays in testing results. “The majority of all US tests are completely garbage, wasted.”
The Microsoft founder-turned-philanthropist said he thinks there’s a simple solution: Medical providers should only receive payment for tests if they return results within 48 hours.
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