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Bill Gates: The US is ‘not even enough’ to do enough to fight a pandemic



Bill Gates: The US is 'not even enough' to do enough to fight a pandemic

Speaking to CNN Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta at Coronavirus City Hall, Gates said the fact that people are still dying in the US today shows that the country is “not even close” to do enough to fight a pandemic.

“It is possible to increase testing for new pathogens very, very quickly,” he said.

“Actually a number of countries are doing very well in this regard and the technology continues to improve there. The US in particular does not yet have the leadership or coordination message that you expect.”

Gates attributed the increase in numbers due to lack of testing and contact tracing, as well as lack of wearing masks. He said other countries that had done those things effectively had seen the numbers decline.

Coronavirus cases are soaring in several countries

“The range of behavior in the US today, some people are very conservative in what they do, and some people ignore the epidemic, it’s huge,” Gates said.

“Some people almost feel it is an unfavorable political problem,” he added, something he said he did not expect in America.

“The North Dakota governor, a friend of mine, must say ‘please don’t be cruel to people wearing masks’ that make thoughts like this explode.”

Gates rejected the White House’s claim that the increase in the number of cases was a direct result of increased testing, calling it “entirely wrong.”

He also expressed his disappointment at what he called the lack of US leadership to deal with the virus globally, which has caused developing countries – such as Brazil and India – to bear the biggest burden of the disease.

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However, he said he still hoped that the US would “improve” and help get tools, especially vaccines, for everyone in the world.

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In terms of timeframe, Gates said that he was in harmony with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, predicted that there would be a decent vaccine by the end of this year, or early 2021. He said he and Fauci were in constant contact.

In February, Gates, who along with his wife Melinda, runs the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, pledging up to $ 100 million to help control the corona virus outbreak worldwide. They said the funds would be used to help find vaccines for the virus, limit their spread and improve patient detection and treatment.

During City Hall, Gates explained that there are two characteristics that are being evaluated in developing vaccines. First, that the vaccine prevents you from getting sick and second, that it prevents you from spreading it to others.

In the latter, he warned that “it is not guaranteed that the vaccine will be a perfect inhibitor of transmission.”

However, Gates said recent evidence showed that the antibody response was “very strong,” which indicates one year of immunity for anyone suffering from the disease.

For every American diagnosed with coronavirus, another 10 are missed, the CDC said

The biggest hurdle, in his view, is not to develop or distribute vaccines – it will ensure people take it.

Because of the urgent need for this vaccine, the time for scientists to test it in various age groups and pregnant women will be reduced, he explained.

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“It is a challenge to get a safety database to build confidence,” he said.

Finally Gates said he thought most people would accept it.

“If this is a great vaccine, including blocking its transmission, everyone will benefit from the fact that 70 to 80% of people will use the vaccine,” he said. “We should be able to get herd immunity if you go up to that level, so it really can – really exponentially – reduce numbers.”

However, he cautioned that the whole world needs to reach that level before people can go back on holiday abroad and safely welcome international students and sporting events.

New normal?

Asked whether people would accept the virus as a way of life – as it had received mass shootings – Gates said he hoped not.

“This is very severe. I hope the media continues to remind people about the tragedy represented here,” he said, stressing the injustice of the disease to the elderly, minorities and health care workers.

“Right now if you are in a nursing home, because they are very worried, you are actually living almost in a prison-like condition,” he said.

He said parents were right to worry about getting this and maybe dying.

“This is more than the children who died in Vietnam and that is a great national tragedy,” he said. “We are not ignoring that … this is bigger than that.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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