Bill Gates said the Trump administration appointed Dr Scott Atlas as the new coronavirus adviser because he 'agrees' with the White House's 'crackpot theories.'
In an interview with STAT News, the co-founder of Microsoft, whose foundation has committed $350 million for COVID-19 initiatives, criticized the federal government's response to the pandemic.
This includes the hire of Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford University's conservative Hoover Institution.
Atlas has advocated for herd immunity, believes Americans should be exposed to the coronavirus as children and has questioned the effectiveness of masks.
'The administration's now hired this Stanford guy who has no background at all just because he agrees with their crackpot theories,' Gates said.
Bill Gates criticized the hiring of Dr Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist who does not have any background in epidemiology or infectious diseases, as the Trump administration's new coronavirus adviser. Pictured: Gates during the funding conference of Global Fund to Fight AIDS in Lyon, France, October 2019
Gates says Atlas, who has advocated for herd immunity and has questioned the effectiveness of masks, was only hired because he 'agrees' with the White House's 'crackpot theories.' Pictured: Atlas gestures during a news conference at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute, August 2020
On August 12, Atlas was introduced as the newest member of the White House coronavirus task force.
The news shocked many public health experts because Atlas is a neuroradiologist with no background in epidemiology or infectious diseases.
He was even dubbed by some as the 'anti-Dr Fauci' - a reference to Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert - within the White House, reported The Washington Post.
Atlas has reportedly advocated for herd immunity, a theory of allowing large