Bill Gates Predicts More Pandemics as New Chinese Virus Emerges

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AP 2018
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Edited by Jared Evan

After disappearing since April from the media , Bill and Melinda Gates emerged again and made some predictions.

While interviewing Bill and Melinda Gates on a recent episode of Path Forward, host Suzanne Clark acknowledged that Bill Gates received “widespread attention” for a prediction he “made in 2015 about the dangers of a global pandemic,” and told Gates that he “sadly for the world did predict the future.”

Clark then asked Gates what fears he has about the future. Gates responded that the world will face more pandemics like COVID-19.

“Well this won’t be the last pandemic that we face,” said Gates. “A flu for example is still a very big risk.”

“And so we’ll have to invest in making sure that we catch the disease sooner and that we have platforms to make diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines very quickly.”

When asked about future prevention of viral disease spread, Gates condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization, saying that the United States’ participation in the organization helped fight the spread of polio, National File reported.

At another point in the interview, Gates tells Clark that responses to pandemics like COVID-19 need to be global in nature due to the globalization of trade, with most countries unable to produce vaccines or therapeutics domestically.

When asked for a response to the concerns of small business owners, Melinda Gates advised that “COVID anywhere is COVID everywhere.”

Meanwhile this interview came a few days before stories have started to appear regarding a new virus out of China.

Economic times reported:

A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus”, a study said, although experts said there is no imminent threat.

A team of Chinese researchers looked at influenza viruses found in pigs from 2011 to 2018 and found a “G4” strain of H1N1 that has “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic”

Here is the Gates interview

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