Bill Gates told CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday that China did a lot of things right at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak and now is not time to discuss their mistakes. Gates called it a "distraction" to blame them and focus on the "incorrect and unfair things" said about them.
ZAKARIA: You've been making this case for international cooperation very powerfully and in my mind persuasively. There is right now in Washington a very different mood, which is to say far from cooperating with the second largest economy in the world, it's China that is to blame for this virus.
You've been following this very carefully. How would you respond to the charge that, look, the Chinese covered this up, they essentially deceived the rest of the world, and as a result they should be held in some way responsible for this?
GATES: I don't think that's a timely thing because it doesn't affect how we act today. You know, China did a lot of things right at the beginning, like any country where a virus first shows up. They can look back and say they missed some things.
You know some countries did respond very quickly and get their testing in place and they avoided the incredible economic pain. It's sad that even the U.S. which you would have expected to do well did it particularly poorly. But it's not time to talk about that.
This is the time to talk about the great science we have, the fact we're in this together, fixed testing, treatments, get that vaccine, and minimize the trillions of dollars in many things that you can't even dimensionalize in economic terms that are awful about the situation we're in.
So that's a distraction. I think there's a lot of incorrect and unfair things said, but it's not even time for that discussion.