Billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates expressed concern about whether the U.S. government can effectively distribute COVID-19 vaccines.
Gates said, “The federal government has abdicated on many things during the pandemic.”
He pointed out that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control hasn’t played a significant role during the public health crisis. As a result, vaccine distribution could be “tricky and kind of weird.”
According to guidelines outlined by the CDC, state, tribal, territorial and local governments are tasked with determining who can receive the vaccine first and distributing it.
Gates didn’t think it was the best solution, adding, “The federal government has way more resources than the states … Our response in most respects has not been very good. And we would have expected it to be good.”
Other health experts also expressed concern that this process could prevent Americans from being vaccinated in a timely manner.