World may see another pandemic likely a respiratory virus: Bill Gates

February 24, 2022 0 Comments


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oi-Madhuri Adnal

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Hyderabad,
Feb
24
:
Microsoft
co-founder
and
philanthropist
Bill
Gates
on
Thursday
said
the
world
may
see
another
pandemic,
likely
a
respiratory
virus,
even
as
he
emphasised
on
strengthening
diagnostics,
therapeutics,
vaccines
and
R
&D.

World may see another pandemic likely a respiratory virus: Bill Gates

The
last
gigantic
pandemic
was
almost
100
years
ago
but
it
won’t
be
that
long
into
the
next
one
strikes,
he
said,
in
a
virtual
fireside
chat
with
Telangana
Industries
Minister
K
T
Rama
Rao
as
part
of
‘BioAsisa-2022’,
the
state
government’s
flagship
annual
life
sciences
convention.

“It
won’t
necessarily
be
a
coronavirus
or
even
the
flu.
It
is
likely
to
be
a
respiratory
virus.
Because,
with
all
the
human
travel
we
have
now,
that’s
the
one
that
can
spread
in
such
a
rapid
way,”
he
said.

Gates
talked
about
his
upcoming
book
on
the
subject,
the
lessons
from
the
COVID-19
pandemic
and
the
significance
of
funding
the
private
sector
and
academia
to
build
better
diagnostics,
therapeutics
and
vaccines.
He
emphasised
that
there
is
a
need
for
the
world
to
spend
more
on
R&D.

Referring
to
Gates’
2015
prediction
about
the
next
pandemic,
Rama
Rao
asked
him
about
possible
next
big
crisis
and
how
the
humanity
can
prepare
together.
The
billionaire
philanthropist
lauded
India
for
its
vaccine
development
and
coverage
in
the
fight
against
the
pandemic.
India’s
vaccine
coverage
is
better
than
even
most
rich
countries,
he
said.

Story first published: Friday, February 25, 2022, 0:52 [IST]



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