According his own declaration via Twitter, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, 66, one of the richest men in the world, tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. “I’m fortunate to be vaccinated and boosted and have access to testing and great medical care,” Gates wrote. He decided to isolate temporarily. Previously, the billionaire has been a vocal proponent for ways to curb the pandemic, including widening access to vaccines and medication for poorer countries. The Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spent hundreds $million for the development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics in the fight against the coronavirus.
Bill Gates also wrote the book “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic” and warned that another pandemic is coming in next 20 years. “People travel more, we are invading natural habitat, it is very likely that in the next 20 years we will have another pandemic.” The billionaire proposed setting up a new body, Global Epidemic Response Mobilisation (GERM) team, managed by WHO. In January, Mr. Gates said on Twitter that “once Omicron goes through a country,” the virus could be treated “more like seasonal flu.” ” We should commit ourselves to mass investment in global teams and in research and development for new tools because we won’t go another 100 years before we have a pandemic,” the billionaire concluded, proposing „a billion dollars required from governments to cover salaries for a GERM force of 3,000 people, equipment, travel, and other expenses”.