Bill Gates recently released his new book, “How To Prevent The Next Pandemic,” in which he offers some insightful observations about COVID-19 and how it could be the last pandemic in human history.
The world appears to have totally overcome the coronavirus pandemic, or at least its deadliest strains, two years after it began.
The vaccine was effective, the security measures were effective, and the virus was weakened. But Gates believes that people didn’t prepare for it very well.
“For decades, people told the world to get ready for a pandemic, but hardly anyone made it a priority,” said Gates on his latest blog on GatesNotes.
“Then COVID struck, and stopping it became the most important thing on the global agenda.
“Governments need to take action now to get ready for the next pathogen, while all of us still remember how awful COVID was (and still is) and feel the urgency of never allowing another one to happen.”
When it comes to preventing future pandemics, the billionaire businessman admits that it’s not just about money (Gates gave up to $2 million to combat the virus), but also about anticipation.
“I believe that COVID-19 may be the last pandemic,” Gates declared in his book.
“I know it’s hard to believe when we are still trying to control it. During the last two years the whole world has faced many difficulties and it is not easy to feel optimistic in the face of the misery that so many people have experienced.”
The keys to avoiding future pandemics
Gates offers the following suggestions to politicians in order to eliminate future health threats:
- Royal expert committee in every country in the world with an annual budget of about a billion dollars.
- Do not underestimate the treatments, since most have been effective.
- Invest in health, in research and in countries with low incomes. Their lack of resources ends up having a negative impact on developed countries.