Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates warned on Tuesday that international authorities, including the World Health Organization, need to take action against the threat of bioterrorism, and the “pathogen game” is the best way to prevent it. Said that.
“A task force monitored by a WHO-level pandemic task force and actually practicing what I call a’germ game’will probably cost about $ 1 billion a year,” Gates said. Said in an interview. Jeremy Hunt, Health Selection Committee for Think Tank Policy Exchange, according to To Sky News.
Pathogen games are when government agencies and the military practice pandemic scenarios.
Gates then asked: “What if a bioterrorist brings smallpox to 10 airports? How will the world react to it?”
The fourth wealthiest people in the world said the United States and the United Kingdom would have to spend “tens of billions” on research and development to prepare for the worst-case scenarios.
“Naturally-induced epidemics and bioterrorism-induced epidemics can be much worse than what we have experienced today, but advances in medicine give me tools that can dramatically improve us. We should give it to us, “said Gates.
In an interview with Hunt, Gates also said there should be a “new way” to create a vaccine that could better stop the virus from being transmitted. It will also require global R & D, he said.
“As you know, there were no vaccines to stop the infection. We got vaccines that helped your health, but they only reduced the infection slightly,” he explained. .. “We need a new way to get the vaccine.”
“There are many good things [research and development] To prepare for the next pandemic, all we have to do is make the vaccine cheaper, have a big factory, eradicate the flu, cure the cold, make a small patch that just puts the vaccine on the arm, believe There is no such thing. It’s beneficial even in years when there is no pandemic, “said Gates, who didn’t elaborate on how that could be achieved.
Billionaire’s comment was a pandemic last month when the World Economic Forum, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Health Security Center hosted a “High Level Pandemic Exercise” called “Event 201” in October 2019.
Participants in the scenario were presented with a simulation of the outbreak of a “new zoonotic coronavirus” that infects bats, pigs, and people and causes a pandemic.
According to the scenario of Event 201, “The disease begins in Brazilian pig farms, begins quietly and slowly at first, but then begins to spread more rapidly in the medical setting.”
Ken Silva contributed to this report.