Bill Gates has warned for years that the world is not ready for a deadly pandemic.
Some of his ominous predictions are now playing out as the coronavirus spreads around the globe. The virus causes a disease known as COVID-19 and has killed almost 2,900 people and infected more than 83,000 others globally since December. The vast majority of cases and deaths have been in China.
“In the past week, COVID-19 has started behaving a lot like the once-in-a-century pathogen we’ve been worried about,” Gates wrote in an op-ed for the New England Journal of Medicine. “I hope it’s not that bad, but we should assume it will be until we know otherwise.”
Gates referred to the outbreak as a pandemic, even though the World Health Organization has not yet made that declaration. The group has said instead that the virus has “pandemic potential.”
“In any crisis, leaders have two equally important responsibilities: solve the immediate problem and keep it from happening again,” Gates wrote. “The COVID-19 pandemic is a case in point. We need to save lives.”
Source: Business Insider