The Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has made a statement that warned of pandemics worse than the current one that we have now on Tuesday.
It was in 2015 when Gates warned that a potential killer would come that could kill a lot of people aside from war. He added that only a few were able to listen to him which made him feel very bad as he warned the world leaders about infectious diseases.
“The financial pledges—which together contribute towards the coalition’s $3.5 billion fundraising target—will help advance CEPI’s efforts to further COVID-19 vaccine R&D through investments in the development of the ‘next generation’ of COVID-19 vaccines, designed to protect against newly emerging variants and for use in low-resource settings.”
His comments came as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and British biomedical charity Wellcome Trust on Tuesday pledged $150m (£109,995) each to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) in the fight against Covid and to prepare for future pandemics.
The global partnership CEPI was co-founded five years ago during the Ebola epidemic. It co-leads Covax, the initiative to distribute Covid vaccines across the developing world.
Here’s an excerpt from the Financial Times report:
The philanthropist said that while the Omicron and Delta variants of coronavirus were some of the most transmissive viruses ever seen, the world could have had to face a pathogen causing a far higher rate of fatalities or severe disease.
Gates said the world’s priorities were “strange” and that it had fallen to philanthropists and rich governments to address vaccine inequity. “When we talk about spending billions to save . . . trillions of economic damage and tens of billions of lives, it’s a pretty good insurance policy,” Gates said.
He added that much of the innovation to prepare for a future pandemic could also be useful in tackling existing global health problems, such as by creating a vaccine for HIV and better shots for tuberculosis and malaria.
Gates said the two big funders of vaccine development during the Covid-19 pandemic, CEPI and the US government, were “brave” to put money at risk to create broad portfolios of potential shots. But he admitted that more needed to be done to increase supplies to vaccinate the world.
“It was at-risk money that caused the trials to take place. So there was a huge global benefit. We’re all a lot smarter now. And we need more capacity for the next time,” he said.
One of Gates’ huge investments for a very long time was vaccines, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded a study conducted by Medincell where they confirmed the safety of Ivermectin taken daily in oral form as part of their long-acting injectable ivermectin program as reported by The Gateway Pundit.
The French company received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This aim is to support the evaluation of a long-acting injectable ivermectin formulation as an endectocide for malaria control. The company expanded the program to include injectable ivermectin as COVID-19 preventative medication.