Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, attends a conversation at the New Economy Forum in Beijing, China on November 21, 2019 (REUTERS / Jason Lee / Archive)
Outlined billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates An ambitious plan to stop the next pandemic, It calls for a global alert system, massive tests, a staff of 3,000 first aid professionals ready to go, and tens of billions of dollars in annual spending.
“To avoid a repeat of the hardships of the past year, pandemic preparedness must be taken as seriously as we deal with the threat of war,” Gates wrote in an annual letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “The world was not prepared for the Covid-19 epidemic. I think it will be different next time.”
Bill and Melinda, who oversee the Seattle-based foundation, have set their sights on the coming crisis as the world struggles to curb pathogens that afflict more than 100 million people. Countries – mainly rich – are speeding up vaccine supplies in a race to catch the virus.
By the time the next pandemic hits, Gates said he hopes to see “huge diagnostic platforms, which can analyze up to 20% of the world’s population every week.” He noted that the global cost of defending the world appears prohibitive, although it does not compare to the estimated cost of $ 28 trillion in the Covid-19 crisis. “The world needs to spend billions to save trillions,” claimed.
The success of RNA messenger vaccines in the fight against COVID-19 should pave the way for tremendous progress in the next five years in developing new vaccines, He said. Technology has the potential to someday help beat diseases like HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. The Gates Foundation has invested $ 1.75 billion in the fight against COVID-19, according to its letter.
One of the main concerns is the threat of “immune inequality”, as only the rich have access to vaccines, Written by Melinda Gates.
Until vaccines reach the world, new groups of diseases will continue to appear. These groups will grow and spread. Schools and offices will be closed again. The cycle of inequality will continue. ”He indicated in the letter that it was signed by both parties.
Bill and Melinda Gates warned that as long as large swaths of the world cannot be vaccinated, the epidemic will be impossible to control. Melinda Gates said in the message: “Since the start of the pandemic, we have urged rich countries to remember that COVID-19 anywhere is a threat everywhere.” “It all depends on the world coming together to ensure that the scientific achievements of 2020 save as many lives as possible by 2021.”, claimed.Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates shared with his wife Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, during a roundtable (EFE / LAURENT GILLIERON)
Bill Gates also called for the creation of a “global warning system” to detect disease outbreaks as soon as they occur, as well as the use of “germ games” to help train scientists to respond first.
Melinda Gates said in an interview last year that the coronavirus has overturned global progress in education, poverty eradication, vaccination and maternal and child health within weeks.
Now the couple say they are “optimistic that the end of the beginning is near,” and that new tests, treatments and vaccines “will soon start to bend the curve dramatically.”
“Although it is difficult to imagine at the moment, while many people still suffer from COVID-19, Someday this epidemic will end. When that time comes, it will be a testament to the outstanding leaders who have emerged over the past year to lead us through this crisis. “ They wrote.
They added: “When we say leaders, we are not referring only to the political leaders and elected officials responsible for the official government response. We are also referring to healthcare personnel who have experienced unimaginable frontline trauma. For teachers, parents and aides who go above and beyond to make sure children aren’t left in school. Scientists and researchers are working tirelessly to stop this virus. Even neighbors who cook extra meals to make sure no one in their community gets hungry. “
Your leadership will help us conquer this pandemic, and we must recover from you so that we can be stronger and more prepared for the next challenge. In the past year, a global threat affected almost every person on the planet. By next year, we hope a fair and effective response to COVID-19 has reached the entire world as well. We hope that you and your loved ones will remain safe and healthy during these difficult times. “
With information from Bloomberg
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