Of course, Gates' guide to how the US can "catch up" in its battle against the coronavirus includes some more practical tips, too, like recommending a mandatory national shutdown that the Trump Administration has specifically said it is opposed to doing (Florida only finally closed the last of the state's beaches when Gov. DeSantis caved to critics and issued a sweeping lockdown order yesterday). Still, several states have only "recommended" that people WFH and avoid public places...if and when possible.
The full op-ed is below. We'll let readers be the judge.
This is a recipe for disaster. Because people can travel freely across state lines, so can the virus. The country’s leaders need to be clear: 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. Any confusion about this point will only extend the economic pain, raise the odds that the virus will return, and cause more deaths.
Finally, we need a data-based approach to developing treatments and a vaccine. Scientists are working full speed on both; in the meantime, leaders can help by not stoking rumors or panic buying. Long before the drug hydroxychloroquine was approved as an emergency treatment for covid-19, people started hoarding it, making it hard to find for lupus patients who need it to survive.
We can start now by building the facilities where these vaccines will be made. Because many of the top candidates are made using unique equipment, we’ll have to build facilities for each of them, knowing that some won’t get used. Private companies can’t take that kind of risk, but the federal government can. It’s a great sign that the administration made deals this week with at least two companies to prepare for vaccine manufacturing. I hope more deals will follow.
There is a clear, concerted effort on an international scale to provide a new, device-free, form of digital ID, starting with the displaced and impoverished areas as a pilot and will soon move to be scaled internationally.
ID2020 Summit & Mission
During the 2019 summit, ID2020 announced it’s latest program “Recognizing the opportunity for immunization to serve as a platform for digital identity, this program leverages existing vaccination and birth registration operations to offer newborns a persistent and portable biometrically-linked digital identity.”
It is interesting to note that this Quantum dot technology was requested by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to solve the issue of not knowing the vaccination record of each patient in these impoverished areas.
In light of Revelation 13, it is unsettling to note the link between the injection of children in these areas and the experimental “largest biometric scheme of its kind,” to advance a “persistent and portable biometrically-linked digital identity.”
ID2020 has acquired strategic partnerships with organizations whose primary functions are digital financial services and applying solutions for a completely digital user-friendly wallet. Everest, an organization that began working with the Indonesian government in 2018 and recently announced at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as ID2020’s first ‘Certification Mark for digital identity solutions,’ Kiva Protocol and Gravity.Earth.
Everest, claims to be “The world’s first and only device-free globally accessible, digital transaction protocol with built-in identity.”
Everest defines itself as a “decentralized platform incorporating a massively scalable payment solution, Everchain, with a multi-currency wallet, EverWallet, and a native biometric identity system, EverID. Everest delivers a complete solution for a ‘new economy.'” They are the first platform that combines Biometric identity with a digital wallet.