Six years after he warned of the possibility of a worldwide pandemic, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates came to declare what he believes could be the next two deadly disasters that threaten humanity.
Bill Gates’ 2015 TedTalk, entitled “The Next Outbreak? We are not ready ”, gained strength in March 2020, after the covid-19 pandemic has paralyzed the world. After preventing a global outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014, Gates warned people of a future pandemic and how well the world must be equipped to deal with it.
In an interview with Derek Muller, presenter of the YouTube channel Veritaserum, philanthropist Bill Gates reflected on his famous prediction, talked about how he feels about being right about the pandemic and put forward what could be the next two disasters that threaten humanity: climate change it’s the bioterrorism.
“There is no good feeling in something like that,” said Bill Gates, adding that he occasionally looks back and wonders if he could have been more persuasive. Asked if he predicted a global outbreak in 2015, Gates explained that with many respiratory viruses in the world, it was inevitable that a very infectious virus would cause a pandemic at some point.
“There are a number of respiratory viruses and, from time to time, one will appear,” said Gates. “Respiratory diseases are very scary because you are still riding on an airplane or a bus while being infectious, unlike some other diseases like Ebola, where you are mainly in a hospital bed at the time when the viral load infects other people.”
When asked what the next disaster for which we are not prepared might be, Gates pointed out two that fit the project, expressing his concerns about a possible future that could be even more severe than the current pandemic.
“One is the climate change. This would represent an even greater number of deaths each year than [o que] we had in this pandemic, ”he said, adding that the other threat is“bioterrorism. Anyone who wants to cause damage can engender a virus and that means the cost and the chance of reaching this is greater than epidemics of natural origin like the current one ”.
Asked whether humans would be able to stop the next pandemic thanks to the lessons learned in this one, Gates was categorical: “no”. “There will be more pandemics,” said Gates, adding that he believed that another pandemic could still create chaos, but he maintained the hope that if people learned from the pandemic and adapted, things would could change for the better.
Maria Campos, ZAP //