Bill Gates, Other Panel Members At Munich Security Conference Warn Of Potential For Global Pandemic, Urge Preparedness

Bloomberg: Superbugs, Climate Chaos Have Bill Gates and the U.N. Worried
“Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates joined the United Nations to warn world leaders about a new series of threats shaping up as megatrends, led by global warming, superbugs, and artificial intelligence. U.S. Vice President Michael Pence and trans-Atlantic military officials were on the receiving end of the warnings issued by Gates, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They all said that the world isn’t prepared to deal with the emerging risks…” (Tirone, 2/18).

Forbes: Bill Gates Warns Of Epidemic That Will Kill Over 30 Million People
“…At the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the man who tops the FORBES richest person in the world list and is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said: ‘Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10 to 15 years.’ Notice that this was at a security conference and not a health meeting…” (Lee, 2/19).

The Guardian: Bill Gates warns tens of millions could be killed by bio-terrorism
“…Gates, who has spent much of the last 20 years funding a global health campaign, said: ‘We ignore the link between health security and international security at our peril’…” (MacAskill, 2/18).

Huffington Post: Bill Gates Warns That A Devastating Pandemic Is Right Around The Corner
“…Gates’s speech … wasn’t all hell and high water. He said we’re underprepared for a global pandemic, but we have the technology to work on vaccines and other drugs. We just need the investment…” (Campbell, 2/18).

Intellectual Property Watch: Health Security An Integral Part Of International Security, Experts Warn
“…Pandemic preparedness worldwide was estimated to cost $3.4 billion a year, Gates said, ‘yet the projected annual loss from a pandemic could run as high as $570 billion.’ Gates in Munich also signed a memorandum of understanding with the German Minister for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) to intensify joint work to reach Agenda 2030 goals. This includes joint programs related to financial inclusion, food security, rural development, and access to water…” (Ermert, 2/20).

Washington Post: Bill Gates: Bioterrorism could kill more than nuclear war — but no one is ready to deal with it
“…While some others on the panel — ‘Small Bugs, Big Bombs‘ — focused on the threat of natural diseases, Gates called for ‘germ games’ simulations, better monitoring to spot outbreaks early, and systems to develop vaccines within weeks — rather than the 10-year lead time he said was more common. ‘We need a new arsenal of weapons, antiviral drugs, antibodies, vaccines, and new diagnostics,’ he said…” (Selk, 2/18).

Xinhua News: Genetic engineering could become terrorist weapon: Bill Gates
“…’Getting ready for a global pandemic is every bit as important as nuclear deterrence and avoiding a climate catastrophe. Innovation, cooperation, and careful planning can dramatically mitigate the risks presented by each of these threats,’ said Gates…” (2/20).

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