Bill Gates warned on pandemics. And nobody listened.

In 2015, Bill Gates warned that the next global pandemic was the world’s greatest threat and that the world was unprepared:

“The failure to prepare could allow the next epidemic to be dramatically more devastating than ebola”…

“Next time we may not be so lucky. You can have a virus where people feel well enough while they are infectious to get on a plane or go to a market..

“The best lessons for how to get prepared are again what we do for war. For soldiers we have full time, we have reserves that can scale us up to large numbers, and NATO has a mobile unit that can deploy rapidly… Those are the kind of things we need to deal with an epidemic…

“We need to do simulations: germ games versus war games… We need advanced R&D in areas like vaccines and diagnostics…

“I don’t have a budget about what it would cost, But I imagine it would be very modest compared to the harm… So I think this should absolutely be a priority… We need to get going because time is not on our side… If we start now, we can be ready for the next epidemic”.

More prescient words have never been spoken.

Leith van Onselen
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  1. Bill Gates for President? If he gets in now, honestly he might have a chance against blubbering Trump. And he’s a businessman too. Everything Trump is, he can be too.

    Side thought – Wonder how insurance companies are sitting for their income protection exposure for their mega mortgages. Is a pandemic causing mass layoffs a force majeure situation?

    • income protection pays when you are sick or injured, It does not pay out when you get the sack or are made redundant. So the insurance companies will be fine, 30% of the population not so.


    The Liberalist Nationalist Party will not put jerbs at risk by going crazy over some silly might-happen when 2/1000000 scientists (and Malcolm Roberts) tells us Everything Is Awesome

    • C.M.BurnsMEMBER

      well, the combined wish-list of industry bodies submitted to Trump and the administration comes to 10 Trillion USD and counting.

      And that’s just to account for the downturn they can predict.

  3. 2015?

    Scott from Marketing will have trouble blaming the complete lack of action on the ALP.

    1. Not enough masks
    2. Not enough testing capacity
    3. Too slow to quarantine
    4. To slow to isolate

  4. in the movies it’s quite different. There’s a group of handsome epidemiologists ready to go, they move in, they save the day, but that’s just pure Hollywood.

    Here, you are only handsome if you get negative gearing subsidies.

  5. Didn’t Obama institute some pandemic council to run things for just a situation as this. And didn’t drumpf disband it because it was an Obama legacy. Did you see the press conference when pushed on disbanding it his reply was I don’t know anything about it maybe tom knows I don’t take any responsibility. Man if he doesn’t get turfed out of office on that alone there is no hope for that country.

    • Actually, Tony Abbott did quite well as Health Minister during the bird flu outbreak.

      As for Trump, he gave so many reasons to be thrown out that people cannot agree on which reason to choose, so he will stay on. Putin will be ecstatic this coming November.

  6. desmodromicMEMBER

    From 2007

    “The presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time bomb. The possibility of the reemergence of SARS and other novel viruses from animals or laboratories and therefore the need for preparedness should not be ignored.”

    Original paper here

    • It doesn’t get much clearer than that.

      Folks like Gates have long argued that this was just a matter of time.

  7. Geoffrey Blainey on our failure to remember the lessons of the Spanish Flu epidemic:

    “The conquest of SARS probably made us too confident. Medical science had triumphed yet again. At the onset of each winter, the increasing practice of administering flu injections, especially to the old, inspired a vague air of confidence.

    You may argue that what we think as individuals is not that important­. Living in a democracy, we know that public opinion can be crucial. Medical scientists can give their learned opinions, politicians can act on them, but if they fail to persuade the people, plans soon flounder or miss their targets.

    A little more than a decade after the height of the SARS pandemic there arrived a warning that we did not seem to hear. The Ebola epidemic of 2014, starting with cases in the small West African nation of Guinea, was devastating. It frightened nearly all who tended the feverish sick. More than 11,000 people died; nearly all were Africans. Africa is a blind spot for most Westerners. Captivated by the River Nile and the Zambesi Falls, they bypass the tent hospitals where the Ebola victims died.

    If that virus had claimed most of its victims in France, Italy or even Hong Kong, we would have learned much about it, and been shocked by its capacity to stop its victims from breathing. Ebola should have been another warning that new viruses were continuing to arise and erupt, and that their death rates might be disturbingly high. It should have prepared us mentally for Wuhan.

    In retrospect, the warning that should have been etched in our mind was the influenza disaster of 1918-19. It shook and shocked Australia­. According to professor John Mathews, an Australian expert on pandemics, this worldwide event “proved to have some gene segments like those from pig and bird influenza, which explains why it was new to humans in 1918”. Wartime conditions helped this so-called Spanish flu to spread in crowded army camps.

    Last year was the centenary of that influenza pandemic. As a nation­ we failed to remember it, largely because it coincided with the signing of the peace treaty that ended World War I and created a new Europe.

    I was one of the historians who, last November, should have given the Spanish flu more attention when I spoke at dinners celebrating the Treaty of Versailles and the end of the war.

    It was vital that the tragedies of 1919 should be inside our national memory. They convey the message­: Be prepared. But this year we were not prepared, ­mentally, for a new pandemic.”

  8. Bill Gates also warned on the Achilles heel of renewables – the storage problem. And nobody listened.

  9. Recommend people Google “Event 201”. World Economic Forum stages a mock Coronavirus Pandemic simulation in October 2019. Only a couple months before the real thing. Has conspiracy theorists raging at the moment. Had some woman from ANZ Bank on the panel ….

  10. No one listens to him as he fcked us all by using Clear-Alt- Delete as a main function on the keyboard….how do people with one arm use that!!!…he’s so stupid…