Bill Gates Unveils Task Force To End Pandemics
Bill Gates has reiterated his fervent hope that the world will soon be ready battle pandemics, a topic that he had tackled in a Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) talk in 2015, five years before COVID ravaged Wuhan, China.
Photo Insert: "I believe that with good ideas and collaboration, we can make COVID the last pandemic," Gates said in a Twitter post.
In his Gates Notes for April 22, 2022, Gates said that in 2015, people did not show keen interest on epidemics but in last week TED conference in Vancouver, he noted that a lot has changed.
“No one in the audience needed to be convinced that a deadly virus could kill millions of people around the world and upend our lives. My talk was all about how we can make COVID-19 the last pandemic. I believe we can eliminate the threat of pandemics completely if we approach infectious diseases like we approach fires. We need a well-oiled system in place, complete with full-time professional personnel and innovative tools ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice” Gates argued.
“I decided to focus on what I call the GERM—Global Epidemic Response and Mobilization—team, a new full-time, paid group whose entire job is to prepare for the next outbreak. I talk a lot about GERM in my upcoming book, but this was the first time I was going to speak about GERM publicly at length… On the morning of my talk, I made sure to find some quiet time backstage to review my notes. I believe that this moment in time—two-plus years into the pandemic, as COVID slowly becomes endemic and the acute phase comes to an end—is a crucial one for pandemic prevention. We need to convince the world to get ready for another pandemic while
"When the time came to give the actual talk, I was ready and excited to speak about GERM. There’s currently no full-time international team of experts standing by to respond to an outbreak as soon as one emerges. If we’re going to prevent the next pandemic, the world needs the infectious disease equivalent of firefighters—a group of in-country and global epidemiologists, data scientists, logistics experts, and more who are ready to go anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice,” Gates revealed.