Billionaire businessman Bill Gates asked to design a strategy to stop “the next pandemic”, calling for a global alert system – with more than 3,000 specialists “ready to go” – and billions of dollars in annual spending.
“We cannot allow ourselves to be taken by surprise again,” Microsoft co-founder and his wife Melinda wrote in an annual letter on their foundation page, Bill & Melinda Gates. “The threat of the next pandemic will always be hovering over our heads, unless the world takes steps to prevent it,” the text adds.
To avoid future destruction of the proportions caused by Covid-19, “preparing for the pandemic must be taken as seriously as we take the threat of war,” said the Gates couple. “Stopping the next pandemic will require spending tens of billions of dollars per year, a large investment, but remember that the covid-19 pandemic is expected to cost the world 28 trillion dollars,” he added.
“The world needs to spend billions to save billions (and avoid millions of deaths).” The American, considered the third richest person in the world according to Forbes, He urged rich countries to provide most of the investment, noting that their governments will benefit the most from it. The philanthropist also advocates the creation of a team of some 3,000 fully trained professionals, a kind of pandemic “firefighters”, available and on permanent alert.
Notably, according to the charity Oxfam, 2020 earnings of the ten richest people in the world, including Gates, would be enough to vaccinate the whole world and reverse the increase in poverty caused by the pandemic.
Hours before, Gates told during an interview what was baffled by the amount of “crazy” and “malevolent” conspiracy theories that were spread through social networks and that hold him responsible, among others, for creating and spreading the coronavirus in the world. further He assured that he would like to investigate what is behind these theories.
At the beginning of this year, a Peruvian court opened a case against Gates, George Soros and the Rockefeller family holding them responsible for being members of “global criminal elites” and creators of the coronavirus. “No one could have predicted that Dr. Fauci and I would be so important in these really evil theories -said the philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft-. I am very surprised by all this. I hope it disappears ”.