- Billionaire businessman Bill Gates said he has partnered with other people to launch the Alzheimer’s Disease Data Initiative
- Bill, who lost his father to the disease in September, took to his Instagram page to share a throwback picture of himself and the deceased
- According to the philanthropist, he would not wish for anyone to watch their loved ones suffer from such a deadly disease
Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates has taken to social media to share a throwback picture of himself and his father, who died of Alzheimer’s disease.
William H Gates II was a lawyer and philanthropist who died on September 14 this year.
According to Bill, nearly 40 million people around the world have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia today. He said he would not wish for anyone to watch their loved ones go through such experience in life.
His post read in part:
"Nearly 40 million people around the world have Alzheimer’s or dementia today. I lost my dad to Alzheimer’s two months ago, and I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone."
The philanthropist said he has partnered with other people to launch the Alzheimer’s Disease Data Initiative.
He said the initiative will "move us closer to a world where no one has to watch someone they love suffer from this awful disease".
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Bill Gates said the rich world would be able to put an end to the coronavirus by the end of 2021 while the world at large would be able to end it by 2022.
The Microsoft co-founder stated this in an interview with Wired magazine, which was published on Friday, August 7. Gates is one of those who have donated a large amount of money to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed many lives.
He noted that some of the vaccines that are currently being developed are likely to only help in wealthier countries. Speaking about antibodies, Gates said:
"Antibodies are two to three months away. We've had about a factor-of-two improvement in hospital outcomes already, and that's with just Remdesivir and Dexamethasone. These other things will be additive to that."
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