Bill Gates warned the world: we need to prepare for deadly epidemics


He even appreciated this can occur soon – “there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10-15 years.” He referred as example to the “particularly virulent and deadly strain of flu killed between 50 million and 100 million people” in 1918. Gates’ speech was, at the same time, a call for big invests in medical research, for development of drugs and vaccines. He insisted to understand that a major change is needed: “today, it typically takes up to 10 years to develop and license a new vaccine, (…) “we would have to get that down considerably—to 90 days or less.” He expressed the hope that the recently formed Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) “will enable the world to produce safe, effective vaccines as quickly as new threats emerge.”


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