Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates sounded the alarm about the threat of a global outbreak back in 2015 and called on the world to prepare for such a large-scale outbreak. Gates said at the time that the Ebola crisis was a wake-up call for the world to take action on the risks of a large-scale outbreak. This large-scale global epidemic refers to the spread of an epidemic between different countries.
“NATO uses military exercises to test whether people are well-trained and ready,” Gates said. Now, we need bacterial drills. We don’t need to stock up on canned pasta, we don’t need to hide in the basement; ”
In 2018, Gates reiterated that view, citing research by the Institute for Disease Modelling (IDM), which found that a large-scale flu epidemic could kill as many as 33 million people worldwide in six months. In fact, the 1918 flu epidemic claimed between 500 and 100 million lives worldwide, more than the total number of casualties in World War I.
“We still lack a sense of urgency in the face of biological threats, ” Mr Gates said at the time. These preparations include simulations, military exercises and readiness exercises so that we can better understand how disease will spread and how to respond to isolation and communications to minimize panic. ”
In early January, less than a year before the coronavirus outbreak, Gates said he was still suffering from insomnia over the risk of a global outbreak. He said that while climate change and terrorism have caused concern for most people, a large-scale global outbreak is the most likely event to cause “tens of millions of deaths in a short period of time.” Gates said at the time that he believed the threat of an influenza outbreak was the greatest, given the ability of the flu to spread through the air.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced on Sunday that it would provide $10 m in “emergency funding” to help front-line responders stem the spread of the coronavirus and help African countries develop protection measures. Of this amount, $5 million was earmarked for China to help Chinese partners accelerate their efforts in the epidemiology of new coronavirus infections, emergency intervention implementation and research and development of pharmaceutical products.
Last year, the World Economic Forum, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health and Safety modeled an outbreak of the coronavirus, using SARS as a reference. Simulations suggest that 65 million people may have died within 18 months.
“The next serious outbreak will not only lead to serious disease and loss of life, but will also cause significant economic and social damage with global consequences,” the group said in a statement on January 17. Preventing or responding to these consequences requires unprecedented levels of cooperation among Governments, international organizations and private institutions. “