The co-founder of Microsoft and the Windows computer operating system, Bill Gatesaffirmed on Monday 21 February that the world will again face another pandemic, unrelated to the coronavirus.
At the Munich Security Conference, held in Germany without Russian participation, The American businessman and tycoon gave his opinion on the dangers that threaten humanity in terms of health.
“We will have another pandemic. It will be a different pathogen next time”Express doors in an interview with American News Channel reporter Hadley Gamble CNBC.
However, the philanthropist argued that hopes that the population will be better prepared and that technological and medical progress and investment will make it possible to face the next international challengeas reported Sputnik.
Bill Gates believed that the World Health Organization (WHO) will not be able to achieve its goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population by mid-2022. “It’s too late,” he said. According to information from CNBCCurrently, only 61.9% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
The businessman, however, celebrated that the risks of serious illness have been significantly reducedpartly because of the virus itself, especially omicron variantwhich created a level of immunity and “did a better job of reaching the world’s population than with vaccines.”
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“The risk of severe disease, which is primarily associated with advanced age and obesity or diabetes, these risks are now significantly reduced due to exposure to infection,” he said during of the interview.
For the former CEO of microsoft, it is not so difficult to join international efforts to prevent another pandemic. He himself partnered with British biomedical research organization Wellcome Trust to donate $300 million to what would later become the COVID-19 Global Vaccine Access Fund (Covax, for its acronym in English).
“The cost of preparing for the next pandemic is not that high,” he stressed. “It’s not like climate change. If we are rational, yes, next time we will catch it sooner.