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Publish Date: 12:45 - 10 April 2020
US billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has warned that America will be in "big trouble" until the embattled country can come up with widespread testing for the coronavirus.

Bill Gates warns US is in ‘big trouble’ until it starts widespread COVID-19 testingThe business magnate and billionaire poke with CNBC on Thursday, where he said that the US government had shown no interest in creating a “unified system” like South Korea for coronavirus testing.

Coronavirus in the US is “still completely mis-prioritized,” Gates said.

“The natural thing would be to do like South Korea did, and create a unified system  -- that we haven't gotten any interest from the federal level,” Gates said.

And “until we have that, we're in big trouble,” he warned, “because as a percentage of 330 million [Americans], we're not going to be able to test many people … [and] we need to know that number because that deeply affects rebounds when opening up. And there is some data that suggests it's not a gigantic number but very, very important to pin that down.”

Gates also told CNBC that "no one should think the government can wave a wand and all of a sudden the economy is anything like it was before this happened.”

"That awaits either a miracle therapeutic that has an over 95 per cent cure rate, or broad usage of the vaccine.”

Gates, 64, said during an interview with PBS earlier this week that the US may not be "completely safe" until the fall of 2021.

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