Some individuals might have believed Bill Gates stepping down from the board of technology large Microsoft would certainly signify his slow-moving hideaway right into the retirement wilderness. They were incorrect. The technology icon and renowned public wellness advocate has pounded world leaders for not taking proactive measures versus the spread of the lethal COVID-19 virus.
In an interview with TED Talks creator Chris Anderson, Gates revealed that “we should’ve done more”. “It’s very tough to say to people, ‘Hey, keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner, we want you to keep spending because there’s some politician that thinks GDP growth is what counts,” Gates said.
The Microsoft co-founder and benefactor have factors to be pissed. Back in 2015, Gates warned that an international pandemic was the largest hazard to modern-day society, rather than army warfare.
“If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war. Not missiles, but microbes,” he said in a Ted Talk. “We’ve actually invested very little in a system to stop an epidemic. We’re not ready for the next epidemic.”
Evaluating by the global reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gates was right. Almost 400,000 instances of the virus have been validated, causing over 18,000 fatalities. Right here in Australia, the tightening prices are steadily rising, prompting the government to apply stringent social distancing steps.