The Microsoft co-founder famously warned the world in 2015 of the likelihood of a new pandemic caused by a respiratory virus, like the coronavirus.
The Microsoft co-founder famously warned the world in 2015 of the likelihood of a new pandemic caused by a respiratory virus, like the coronavirus. In a talk organised by TED media and titled ‘The next outbreak? We’re not ready’, Mr Gates stressed that it would be the emergence of a new virus and not war that would wipe out millions of human beings. He said: “If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war.
“Not missiles, but microbes.”
Now, in an interview with Derek Muller, host of the YouTube channel “Veritasium”, the software entrepreneur outlined what he believed to be the next deadly threats facing humankind.
“One is climate change. Every year that would be a death toll even greater than we have had in this pandemic,” Mr Gates said.
He then went on to name the second, even more terrifying danger lurking out there.
“Bio-terrorism. Somebody who wants to cause damage could engineer a virus and that means the cost, the chance of running into this is more than the naturally-caused epidemics like the current one.”
The Microsoft chief said he felt no satisfaction at all that his 2015 prophecy had come to pass.
He questioned whether he could have been more persuasive in convincing people to take the threat of a new pandemic more seriously.
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The interview comes as the number of coronavirus infections in the USA approaches 27 million, with over 450,000 deaths confirmed.
The death total from Covid in America equates to almost the entire population of the city of Liverpool in the UK.