(ORDO NEWS) — According to the Financial Times, Bill Gates has warned the world of a coming pandemic that will be more serious than COVID-19. He is calling on governments to donate billions of dollars to prepare for the next global epidemic.
The billionaire said that while the Omicron and Delta variants of the coronavirus were among the most transmissible viruses ever encountered, the world is likely to be confronted with a pathogen that brings higher death rates or serious illness.
According to Gates, Omicron and Delta are the most common viruses known to science. At the same time, the Microsoft founder believes that the future pandemic will be associated with an even more infectious and deadly pathogen.
In his opinion, global priorities are very “strange”, and the solution to the problem of inequality in access to vaccines has fallen to wealthy philanthropists and wealthy governments.
As an example, Gates pointed, in particular, to the development of a vaccine against HIV. He also added that humanity would benefit from the improvement of existing vaccines against tuberculosis and malaria.
The billionaire himself does not spend money on purposes related to science and medicine. The foundation, led by Gates and his ex-wife Melinda, donated $300 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation. This helped create the Covax program to deliver vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.
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