The philanthropist has called on
governments to contribute billions of dollars to prepare for the next global outbreak. The Microsoft founder said that while the Omicron and Delta variants of coronavirus were some of the most transmissive viruses ever seen, the world could face pandemics far worse than Covid-19.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK’s Welcome Trust are giving $300m to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, which helped form the Covax programme to deliver vaccines to low- and
Gates said the world’s priorities were “strange” and that it had fallen to philanthropists and rich governments to address vaccine inequity. He admitted that more needed to be done to increase supplies to vaccinate the world.
“When we talk about spending billions to save… trillions of economic damage and tens of billions of lives, it’s a pretty good insurance policy, Gates said.
He added that much of the innovation to prepare for a future pandemic could also be useful in tackling existing global health problems, such as by creating a vaccine for
HIV and better shots for tuberculosis and malaria.
Source – Financial Times