Ethiopia’s Top Funder of Development, Bill Gates Talks on How to Prepare for Future Pandemic
One of Ethiopia’s most generous funders of development, Bill Gates has released his annual letter demonstrating on a road map on how the world can prevent a future pandemic, on COVID – 19 and on the state of Africa.
The Microsoft co-founder and one of the world’s richest entrepreneurs has been a vocal proponent of the developing nations to be supported in an equitable way, ending extreme poverty and was credited with correctly predicting the devastation of the latest virus in a 2016 talk.
“To prevent the hardship of this last year from happening again, pandemic preparedness must be taken as seriously as we take the threat of war”, he said at a virtual press conference.
He called on a 3,000 person’s team to act as first responders, as well as adequate funding as a way to stop, or at least slow the spread of such a virus that has infected more than 100 million of people around the world and killed thousands around the world. Within Ethiopia, it has killed hundreds of people and the nation is still struggling to accommodate the people that have been infected as it deals with other government priorities.
The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the later being his wife, has been involved in issues of health, agriculture and in projects to end preventable diseases such as HIV, TB and malaria within Ethiopia and around the world, making Ethiopia its most funded nation.
The one-time Addis Ababa university honorary degree recipient, Gates also called for a mega diagnostic platform, to help instantly virus taste more than 1 billion people, or 20 present of the world’s populations weekly, meaning reaching all populations of the world within a two-month window period.
“The overall cost to defend the world sounds huge, though not compared with the 28 trillion USD estimated cost of COVID-19”, he added.
His contribution to fight the latest COVID-19 disease is estimated to be just less than 2 billion USD.