The world may face a pandemic ten times worse than the current COVID-19 pandemic. This grim prognosis was shared by Microsoft founder and co-chairman of the charitable foundation Bill Gates in an interview with the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
This pandemic is terrible, but the next one could be ten times worse
According to him, the world is not yet ready for another epidemic of this scale.
At the same time, Gates noted the achievements of modern medicine and science. He stressed that if the coronavirus pandemic had broken out five years ago, it would have hardly been possible to develop vaccines so quickly.
Billionaire urged to prepare for new pandemics
According to him, they should be taken as seriously as a potential military conflict. In this regard, he believes it prudent to take serious steps worldwide to confront infections. In particular, Gates suggests investing billions in the development of science, testing, creating a global system of warning about new outbreaks of disease.
In addition, the founder of Microsoft noted the importance of forming a special “response team. In the absence of risks of a new pandemic, its members should focus on improving their competencies. He also suggested holding regular drills for them, like the ones the military undergoes.
Think of them as a pandemic fire brigade. These highly trained professionals should be ready to respond to a potential crisis situation as soon as it becomes known
Gates previously vaccinated against coronavirus
The billionaire spoke about the vaccination on Jan. 22. “One of the benefits of being 65 is that I can get the COVID-19 vaccine. I got my first dose this week and I feel great,” he wrote on Twitter. Separately, Gates thanked all the scientists, trial participants, regulators and medical professionals who have been on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus.
Gates and his wife Melinda own their own charitable foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its main areas of focus include combating dangerous diseases in developing countries, as well as various health and education programs in the United States. To date, the foundation has given about $1.75 billion to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
have been infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began
After the first cases of infection in China, conspiracy theories spread that Gates was involved in the creation of the virus. According to this version, the coronavirus was patented by the Pirbright Institute, which is partially funded by the foundation of the creator of Microsoft Corporation.