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Billionaire calls for massive government investment to prepare for potential outbreaks that could be deadlier than Covid-19

Software mogul Bill Gates has raised the specter of future viruses that could be deadlier than Covid-19, saying wealthy countries should increase funding for vaccines to prepare for potentially catastrophic outbreaks.

The Microsoft co-founder made his comments while announcing a new $150 million pledge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). He noted that if the Delta and Omicron variants of Covid-19 were among the most transmissible viruses ever seen, the world could have been hit by a more virulent pathogen, killing many more people.

By investing in vaccine research and manufacturing capacity to ensure future vaccines are quickly available around the world, governments can prepare to mitigate future outbreaks, Gates said.

“When we talk about spending billions to save. . . billions in economic damage and tens of billions in lives, that’s a pretty good insurance policy.


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CEPI is trying to raise $3.5 billion to shorten the development time for a new vaccine to 100 days. Gates credited the group with saving lives by helping to fund trials of several of the vaccines now licensed for inoculation against Covid-19, but he lamented that adequate supplies had not reached developing countries enough. quickly.

“It was money at risk that caused the trials to take place”, he said. “So there was a huge global advantage. We’re all much smarter now, and we need more ability next time.

Wellcome Trust, a UK charity that focuses on medical research, has matched the Gates Foundation with its own $150 million pledge to CEPI. Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, echoed Gates’ comments about the dangers of future pandemics. CEPI was formed after the Ebola epidemic from 2013 to 2016.

“We were then and now live in what I believe is an era of more frequent and more complex epidemics and pandemics,” said Farrar.

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