Gates: "COVID-19 test result delays are 'insane'"

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28 July 2020

It is "insane" that COVID-19 tests results arrive with delays, as that makes them a "complete waste," billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said on Tuesday, APA reports citing Teletrader.

"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. And to all these numbers about how much we test, the majority is just complete waste," Gates, who founded Microsoft and is currently co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, stated.

The tests need to arrive much faster so that the number of infections would decline, he noted. Speaking to CNBC, Gates went on to stress the particular vulnerability of low-income communities and said their tests should always come back within 24 hours as they are most at risk.