Melinda Gates says she’s very concerned that vulnerable, poor populations in developing countries will not be able to handle the coronavirus crisis.
“It’s going to be horrible in the developing world. And part of the reason you're seeing the case numbers still don't look very bad, it’s because they don't have access to very many tests,” said Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is putting billions of dollars behind eight potential vaccines for the coronavirus.
“If you live in a slum, you can't physical distance. You have to go out and get your meal. You don't have clean water to wash your hands,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “We have a crisis on our hands that we aren't even talking about in the United States.”
Gates said that the coronavirus pandemic will set the world back in terms of gender equity as well.
“70% of the health care workers around the world are women. Women do more than two times the unpaid labor in their homes. So they're caring for people in the health system and they’re caring for people at home,” she said.