Bill Gates at the Munich Security Conference on February 17, 2017 in Munich.
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Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates warned for years that a deadly pandemic could occur. Now it is creating the persistent threats from bio-terrorism and climate change.
Gates appeared on Derek Muller’s YouTube channel Veritasium last week, asking what the next problem for humanity was.
“One is climate change. Every year this would be an even higher death toll than this pandemic,” said the Microsoft co-founder. “In the context of pandemics, people don’t like to talk much about what bioterrorism is, that someone who wants to cause harm could develop a virus. That means the chance of encountering it is more than just like naturally caused epidemics the actual. “
Years before the coronavirus hit the globe, Gates warned that governments were not prepared for a pandemic.
“The world as a whole is not prepared for epidemics, and we’ve had some flu scares that made us do some minor things, but not enough,” he said in a 2014 interview. “If this thing had been twice as permeable “We’d be in big trouble, and there are agents who have a real chance of coming in the next few decades who are far more porous than this. What can you stop?” Form of SARS shows up? ”
In a 2015 TED talk titled “The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready Yet,” Gates said an infectious virus poses a greater risk to humanity than nuclear war.
In his interview with Müller, Gates said there will be more pandemics. In the future, however, governments could increase their willingness to reduce the death toll.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 107.44 million coronavirus cases were recorded worldwide as of Thursday morning, with at least 2.35 million people dying
“The death toll with the right system should be a tenth of what we see here,” said Gates.
You can find the full interview here.