Bill Gates was one of the first individuals on the planet to warn about the threat of a worldwide pandemic, years before anyone had even heard of COVID-19, and now he has made a prediction about another catastrophe that could happen in the future.
The Microsoft founder was speaking in a Policy Exchange interview, which was attended by the United Kingdom’s health select committee chair, Jeremy Hunt.
“It’ll take probably about a billion [dollars] a year for a pandemic Task Force at the WHO [World Health Organization] level, which is doing the surveillance and actually doing what I call ‘germ games’ where you practice,” Gates said.
“You say, OK, what if a bioterrorist brought smallpox to 10 airports? You know, how would the world respond to that?
“There’s naturally-caused epidemics and bioterrorism-caused epidemics that could even be way worse than what we experienced today and yet, the advances in medical science should give us tools that, you know, we could do dramatically better.
“So you’d think this would be a priority. The next year will be where those allocations have to get made, including this global pandemic Task Force.”
Gates alluded to people who can spread a virus across a given territory, the greatest danger being one with a high lethality such as Ebola or smallpox.