Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is known here in the U.S. for his philanthropy work, having founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 with his wife. However, Mr. Gates is also known around the world for his vaccination projects in Africa, Asia, and South America. Since he retired from Microsoft as Chairman and CEO, Gates has committed his life and fortune to improve the lives and health of people in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also spent billions of dollars to combat the spread of malaria in Africa.
Back in November 2020, we wrote about Gates after he warned that climate change (“climatedemic”) is another global crisis that could be worse than the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In a personal blog post, Gates warned that “if we think COVID-19 is awful, climate change could be worse.” In his blog post, Gates estimated that 3 million people could die by 2100 if climate change is not stopped, adding that “climate change is an even harder problem than the coronavirus pandemic.”
Now, Gates is sounding another alarm bell about an upcoming pandemic that could be 10 times worse than the current coronavirus. Gates said that humanity is not currently prepared for it. In an interview with the German media, Mr. Gates insisted that people must learn the lesson that COVID-19 is giving us, according to a report from RT. Gates said: “This pandemic is bad, but a future pandemic could be 10 times worse and we are not prepared.”
“We are not prepared for the next pandemic. I hope the situation will be different in a couple of years. Vaccines, tests, drugs, epidemiology, follow-up – there is a lot to do. This pandemic is bad, but a future pandemic could be ten times more serious” and there must be a global response to it.”
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Gates has been warning about pandemic for over a decade now. So, this is not the first time that Gates has warned about the future pandemics. In an interview with the Financial Times via Skype on April 2, 2020, Microsoft co-founder said that this coronavirus pandemic was the “largest event that many people will experience in his entire life, “and Mr. Gates “predicted that a similar viral outbreak will likely occur every 20 years.”
Gates has also been consistent in his views about the danger of climate change and the need to vaccine people in African against treatable diseases. In the 2010 TED talk show, Gates expressed his concerns about the danger of climate change and the consequence of lack of action from the government, people, and institutions around the world.
During the 2010 TED talk presentation, Gates shared a mathematical formula that he believes could one day solve the climate change problem we are facing. CO2 (carbon dioxide output) = P x S x E x C (= People x Services per Person x Energy per Service x CO2 per unit of Energy). You can read the story here.