Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates described the majority of novel coronavirus testing happening in the U.S. right now as a "complete waste" because it takes too long for people to receive their results.

微软联合创始人、亿万富翁比尔 · 盖茨称,美国目前正在进行的大多数新型冠状病毒检测都是“完全浪费”,因为人们需要太长时间才能收到检测结果。

Gates, the world's second richest person with a net worth of about $113.5 billion, made the remark during an interview with CNBC's Squawk Box which aired on Tuesday. The tech entrepreneur and philanthropist was asked what his main message would be to President Donald Trump as new COVID-19 infections surge across the country.

盖茨是世界第二富有的人,净资产约为1,135亿美元。周二,他在接受美国全国广播公司财经频道(CNBC) Squawk Box 的采访时发表了上述言论,这位科技企业家和慈善家被问及,随着新冠病毒感染在美国各地激增,他将向唐纳德 · 特朗普总统传达什么信息。

"Well, 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. That test is a complete waste," Gates said.


"Right now, this thing where you wait more than three days, sometimes seven days to get a test, nobody should pay a dollar for that," Gates said. "That's insane," he added, saying that the country needs to "prioritize" getting results back within 24 hours, particularly within low-income communities that are known to be most at risk.


Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment on Gates' concerns, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.


Trump has repeatedly touted the high number of tests being conducted in the country as a marker of success. However, the U.S. continues to be the country with the highest number of infections and deaths due to the novel virus. As of Tuesday morning, the country had confirmed more than 4.3 million infections and over 148,000 deaths. The U.S. currently has the fourth-highest mortality rate per 100,000 people among the world's most affected countries, according to an analysis by Johns Hopkins University.


Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, admitted in an interview with ABC News that there are still problems with testing and shortages of supplies of personal protective equipment for medical professionals. He said he wasn't exactly sure why this was still a problem.

美国国家过敏与传染病研究所所长、白宫冠状病毒工作组主要成员安东尼·福奇博士,在接受 ABC 新闻采访时承认,检测依然存在问题,医疗专业人员个人防护设备供应依旧短缺,他说他不确定为什么这仍然是一个问题。

"We keep hearing when we go to these task force meetings that these [issues] are being corrected," Fauci said. "But yet when you go into the trenches, you still hear about that."