Bill Gates: COVID-19 risk reduction Another pandemic is coming

2022-07-29 0 By

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and philanthropist, said on Monday that the risk of COVID-19 has been greatly reduced, but humanity will surely face another pandemic, with a different pathogen and not coronavirus next time.Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and philanthropist.Speaking at the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany, Bill Gates, chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,Speaking to CNBC’s Hadley Gamble, the potential new outbreak is likely to come from a different pathogen than the coronavirus family.Bill Gates says advances in medical technology should help the world better fight AIDS if invested now.But we will have another outbreak.Next time it will be a different pathogen.Bill Gates said the worst effects of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, more than two years old, had receded as large numbers of the world’s population gained some degree of immunity.The latest variant, Omicron, is also less severe.In many places, because of a degree of immunity to the virus itself, and transmission to the world’s population is better than we are with vaccines.Bill Gates stressed that novel Coronavirus severe diseases, mainly associated with the elderly and obesity or diabetes, are now at much lower risk as a result of infection exposure.It is already too late to meet the World Health Organisation’s target of vaccinating 70 per cent of the world’s population by mid-2022.Currently, 61.9% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.He said the world should move faster to develop and distribute vaccines in the future, calling on governments to invest now.Bill Gates pointed out that next time we should try to do this, instead of two years, we should make it more like six months.A standardized platform including RNA (mRNA) technology will make this possible.Preparing for the next outbreak does not cost much.It’s not like climate change.If we are rational, next time we will catch it earlier.The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with Britain’s Wellcome Trust, has donated $300 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Prevention Innovations,The alliance helped shape the Global Coronavirus Vaccine Initiative (COVAX) mechanism to deliver vaccines to low – and middle-income countries.The ALLIANCE for Epidemic Prevention Innovation aims to raise $3.5 billion to reduce the time needed to develop a new vaccine to 100 days.(Ying Wing Fung)