Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Tuesday blasted the “failure of leadership” in America’s coronavirus response and warned of more hardship to come, unless dramatic steps are taken to crush the virus.

“People have died unnecessarily because government was slow to react to common and simple things like mask wearing and social distancing,” Schmidt said during a podcast, according to a transcript first shared with CNN Business.

The billionaire, who led Google between 2001 and 2011, said the federal government was “confused” and “caught flatfooted” because the country lacked integrated data systems.

“Because there’s a failure of direction, a failure of leadership at pretty much every level of our government, people are left to make their own calculations as to what they should be doing,” he said in the “Reimagine with Eric Schmidt” podcast.

Source : CNN


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