- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released its annual letter and praised the globes efforts in combatting Covid-19
- Bill Gates said that Covid-19 is a defining moment of this generation and has ushered in a new era of vaccine research
- However, he warned people not to become complacent and that the next pandemic will strike in the future
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released its annual letter in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The organisation said that Covid-19 is a defining moment of a generation.
Bill Gates and his wife Melinda are cautiously optimistic that the end of the pandemic is close at hand but warn that without sufficient people getting vaccinated, Covid-19 might return in sporadic outbreaks.
Gates said that the effort by organisations, governments and individuals has been instrumental in fighting the spread of the virus.
“That kind of shared effort is important because in a global crisis like this one, you don’t want companies making decisions driven by a profit motive or governments acting with the narrow goal of protecting only their own citizens. You need a lot of different people and interests coming together in goodwill to benefit all of humanity”.
However, Gates warned that there will be another pandemic in the future and people must not become complacent. He said that the next pandemic is a constant threat hanging over the world.
He said that past pandemics had helped prepare the world to fight Covid-19, and the current pandemic has given the world valuable experience in preparation for the next one.
In order for the world to be ready for the next pandemic, Gates said that rich countries would have to help create the systems and resources to help low and middle-income countries.
All these things coupled with advancements in creating vaccines will help the world when the next pandemic hits. Gates said that the world had entered into a new era of vaccine development.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Ivermectin has been sensationalized as a possible answer to the Covid-19 crisis in South Africa.
Calls have been mounting for the South African government to approve the drug for use in the country.
Preliminary studies claimed that the medication has the potential to reduce mortality by over 80%, causing major hype across the world.
Professor Salim Abdool Karim, however, has snubbed the research as flawed due to the small sample size and a lack of clear recommended dosages.
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