How does Bill Gates intend to fight the next global pandemic in his new book?



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Posted on: Friday, June 3, 2022 – 20:04 | Last update: Friday, June 3, 2022 – 20:06

“There is a crisis of confidence in dealing with information about any epidemic that is sweeping the world. But I am confident that the truth will remain and the lies will evaporate.”
Bill Gates through his new book: Epidemiology Prevention is a “Knowledge Crisis.” Despite our ability, we are completely incapable of predicting the future.
Businessman Bill Gates recently released a new book entitled “How to Prevent the Next Epidemic” by Knopf Doubleday, in which it documents the details of the “Covid 19” pandemic with numbers and statistics, and provides several tips on how to to prevent another, more serious pandemic that could storm the world, including the proposal to form a team for the global response to epidemics and mobilization with annual funding of one billion dollars.
This comes against the backdrop of the World Health Organization, which has released a new report that estimates the number of global deaths due to the Corona epidemic at 15 million – almost three times the previous official number of epidemic deaths, and other authorities also believe that the excess deaths worldwide could be closer to 18 million, but that does not compare to what happened with the 1918-1919 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed an estimated 40 million people – the equivalent of about 150 million worldwide with current population figures .
Despite these alarming numbers, the American technology giant does not believe this is the worst epidemic we have experienced; He rather believes that the worst is yet to come, and therefore he advises us to begin preparations through his new book; Since we do not know whether the next major pathogen will be transmissible and lethal, such as “Covid-19”, or the feasibility or efficacy of mRNA vaccines, which are already being used to fight “Covid-19” such as the American vaccine Moderna .
Gates believes we need to do more of what we are doing now, but better and faster, although we can not predict whether the next epidemic will be caused by a virus like Corona or flu or some pathogen we have not yet thought of. . , but we can create systems. Better laboratory monitoring and diagnosis to quickly identify the risk criterion and devise medical countermeasures before an outbreak becomes uncontrolled.
Gates emphasized through his book that we need two main things to confront this new unknown danger: first, practice by conducting regular exercises that simulate dealing with a global pandemic, and second, funding a global medical team consisting of at least 2,000. people trained at the highest level to deal with it.The crisis, and “Gates” suggested calling that team “germ” or “germ”.
Gates explained that such measures would not be useful to us after the gaps in the epidemic response systems were identified if we did not succeed in correcting them.He mentioned, for example (Exercise Cygnus training); It was a three-day simulation conducted by the UK government in October 2016 to estimate the impact of a hypothetical H2N2 flu pandemic on the UK, saying the simulation included gaps in the UK’s readiness for a flu pandemic, including insufficient stock, successfully identified. of protective equipment personal protective equipment, but no one acted on those recommendations, which caused the UK to then “beg” to borrow PPE from other countries when a disaster struck.
Similarly, U.S. government planning committees have long known that a comprehensive diagnosis performed on a large number of individuals would be helpful in the event of a pandemic, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could not provide adequate Covid-19 tests. . This hindered contact. detection and effective isolation measures, and because of the federal system of government in America, state governors could not determine who was responsible for these errors, and the result was that the United States suffered one of the highest rates of “Covid-19”. deaths in the world.
In contrast, countries such as Singapore, Vietnam and Canada – which were hit hard by the SARS epidemic in 2003 – reacted quickly and decisively to Corona’s new epidemic after learning the lesson harshly, as reported by the British newspaper “The Guardian” .
Gates has pointed out that the issue of preventing infectious epidemics is not just a logistical issue, and it can not be reduced to trust in current scientific experts, due to the absence of real information in our world that does not lack to doubt in all that is said; Especially in the early stages of a pandemic, when there is an urgent need for reliable data on the ways in which the disease is contracted and how it spreads.
Moreover, scientists are human and sometimes make mistakes in their predictions; Gates mentioned, for example, what happened in 2014, when some experts believed that Ebola, a virus that had previously caused outbreaks in Central Africa, posed a threat to West African countries such as Sierra Leone and Liberia, and similarly, based on the experience of SARS What was easy for doctors to detect because the infected people developed the disease quickly and significantly, few experts believed that the “Covid-19” virus, or as it is sometimes called “SARS -CoV-2 “, was able to spread without symptoms until it was too late.
In other words, Gates sees epidemic prevention as a cognitive crisis as it is a technical problem. We can prepare for known epidemic threats, or at least try, but we are completely incapable of predicting what might happen in the future, or taking precautions despite the presence of data and statistics from previous epidemics that are supposed to to help us in this. strive.
Regarding the secret of his interest in the global situation affected by the epidemic and far from his field of work, “Gates” described himself as “a lover of technology” and therefore innovation and finding a solution for problems of his main aids, and indicated that he was not interested in addressing the role of information technology in the dissemination of conspiracy theories about vaccines. Or misinformation about the effectiveness of the shutdowns the world has seen.
It’s ironic that, despite Gates’ efforts, a group of some anti-vaccination activists accused Gates of trying to implant microchips in people by injecting through vaccination, but Gates preferred to remain silent and ignore the issue; He said he was confident that “the truth will remain and the lies will evaporate.”

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