He is co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (see their information on Covid-19 here). "Shutdown anywhere means shutdown everywhere". "Until the case numbers start to go down across America - which could take 10 weeks or more - no one can continue business as usual or relax the shutdown", he said.
"I send enormous gratitude and strength to the courageous first responders, medical professionals and scientists who are protecting our communities, those suffering and our most vulnerable", she added.
There has to be a "data-based approach to developing treatments and a vaccine", Gates said, and politicians need to stay quiet and stop spreading rumors about both. Now we have Covid-19 ... and it caught the world without emergency plans or resources.
"We should stick with the process that works: Run rapid trials involving various candidates and inform the public when the results are in". The federal government should help build facilities where the vaccines will be made, he said.
Still, the pandemic is not going to be defeated in total, and only a vaccine - which is still months, if not a year-plus away - is the only solution to moving the world and US forward with confidence, according to Gates.
Trump predicted that the US could see between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from COVID-19 before the outbreak is under control. "Dr. Fauci's doing a very good job saying the numbers are what count here and the various models we do show that without this dramatic behavior change, it could get worse than that".
She concluded her statement with advice: "I know many of you have heard this one trillion billion times", she prefaced.