Bill Gates’ regret: A few years ago, an outbreak warning was issued no one to listen to regret not doing more

BEIJING, May 12 (Xinhua) — Five years ago, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates warned that the world’s biggest potential “killer” was not war, but a pandemic. However, his warning struck a not-so-heed, setting the stage for a pandemic of new coronary pneumonia. At the same time, Gates has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to find faster ways to develop vaccines and establish disease tracking systems.

Bill Gates' regret: A few years ago, an outbreak warning was issued no one to listen to regret not doing more

He urged world leaders to build national defenses that can withstand new infectious diseases.

Regret sorry for not doing more

Looking back, Mr Gates said: “He wished he had done more to draw the world’s attention to the danger.” Now he is fighting an epidemic he had hoped to stop.

“I’m sick,” he said in an interview. “

In the second act of his life, Gates became a philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation is one of the world’s most well-funded foundations, focusing on global health and American education. The 64-year-old has put himself at the centre of a new outbreak of pneumonia that has killed more than 283,000 people and devastated the world economy.

Bill Gates' regret: A few years ago, an outbreak warning was issued no one to listen to regret not doing more

Gates Foundation’s investment in new coronapneumonia outbreaks

The Gates Foundation funds researchers looking for a cure and works with pharmaceutical executives and governments to produce billions of doses of potential vaccines under test for distribution as soon as regulators approve it. The Foundation also helped to make room at a manufacturing facility to be able to produce the most effective drugs quickly.

Gates also asked the CEO of a pharmaceutical company for details of vaccine production. “Every day, I ask if the glass vials have run out. He said, “You might think it’s a small thing, but don’t forget that no one has ever produced 7 billion doses of the vaccine.” “

Manufacturers will struggle to provide enough vaccine bottles because of a continuing shortage of glass vials used to load vaccines around the world, Business Insider reported on May 10. This means that even if vaccines are developed, supply chain delays will lead to the continued spread of new coronaoutbreaks around the world.

So far, the Gates Foundation has committed $305 million to find new vaccines and drug treatments for coronary pneumonia and to help deliver drugs and supplies to low-income countries. Mr Gates said that by the end of the outbreak, “we will eventually invest more”.

Multiple warnings don’t work.

The Gateses set up their foundation in 2000 to find biomedical innovations and ways to deliver them against infectious diseases. In 2014, the Ebola virus caught their attention, killing at least 113,000 people worldwide.

“The whole world is not ready to fight the outbreak. Gates said in an interview in November 2014. At the time, he had to wait and see an introduction to Ebola drug therapy and meet a Nigerian doctor who had survived the infection.

“How can we stop atypical pneumonia (SARS) from occurring in some form?” He was referring to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) caused by another new coronavirus between 2002 and 2003. The next outbreak could be SARS II, Gates said.

In march 2015, in a widely watched TED speech, Gates warned that the pandemic threatened the world more than nuclear war because countries had too few defenses. He called for an international early warning and emergency response system, staffed with mobile medical teams, rapid diagnosis, and drug stocks and technology to develop vaccines within months.

“The outbreak is one of the few catastrophes that could bring the world back in the coming decades. Gates wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine that month.

Gates joined other global health experts in calling for better public health defenses. “I’m not alone in calling, although it’s unique that I haven’t devoted my life to infectious diseases. He said.

He also explained the risks of a pandemic to 2016 U.S. presidential candidates, urging them to be prepared to treat the epidemic as a national priority. Gates also introduced the proposal to President-elect Trump during a meeting at Trump Tower in October 2016.

At the 2017 Munich Security Conference, Gates said preparing for a global pandemic is as important as nuclear deterrence and climate change.

World leaders are reluctant to invest

Gates used his contacts with government leaders, who he believes are the only government capable of preparing for an outbreak. “I chose to discuss the risk of this outbreak when I meet with leaders in Europe, the United States and around the world. He said.

He sees philanthropy as a catalyst. “I’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars in foundation funds,” he said, “but it’s really a government thing, like setting up a defense budget to prevent war.” “

Many world leaders agree in principle with Mr Gates, but in the absence of an imminent threat, most countries are reluctant to invest heavily in preventing a rapidly growing outbreak. “I had hoped that the warnings I and others had issued would promote more concerted global action. Gates said.

With the outbreak spreading around the world, Gates said the world’s efforts to fight the outbreak “are not at the desired level.” Looking ahead, he felt more optimistic.

“My hope now is that world leaders can learn from this tragedy and invest in health systems to prevent future outbreaks. “