Billionaire Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates has said that coronavirus testing is a complete waste of time.
He pointed out that the amount of time it takes before the test results comes out is enough for infected people to get others infected.
Hoping for fast test results, Bill Gates said that it will help people to “change their behavior so they’re not infecting other people.”
“The simplest thing, which has to do with such insanity, is you should not reimburse somebody for getting a test that it takes more than 48 hours to get the result back,” Gates said in an interview with CNBC.
“That test is a complete waste. And to all these numbers about how much we test, the majority is just complete waste,” he added, calling it “insane” to have to pay for test results that could take more than three days and up to a full week.
The billionaire’s comment was supported by Adm. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human Services
Giroir told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” said;
“I started out by saying that we are never going to be happy with testing until we get turnaround times within 24 hours, and I would be happy with point-of-care testing everywhere. We are not there yet. We are doing everything we can to do that.”