How Bill Gates Thinks We Should Prepare for the Next Pandemic

By Medscape Staff

November 04, 2021

In a recent interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, a longtime advocate for pandemic preparedness, gave concrete suggestions for steps we should be taking.

What to know:

  • Gates called for billions of dollars to be invested in global research to prepare for the next pandemic and address the weaknesses that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed.

  • In an interview with former UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt, Gates — who has long suggested world leaders must better prepare for deadly global diseases — advocated for funding aimed at improving vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tests.

  • Areas he suggested focusing on included reducing the cost of vaccines, creating large factories to manufacture them, and eradicating common viruses like influenza and the common cold.

  • He also recommended the creation of a WHO pandemic task force to monitor for pandemics and run "germ games" — competitions where countries could practice responses to epidemic outbreaks and bioterrorism events.

  • Due to the immense loss of life and the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, Gates expressed that the world's citizens will expect governments take steps so that the same outcomes don't repeat themselves.

This is a summary of the article "Bill Gates calls for huge global effort to prepare for future pandemics" published by The Guardian on November 3. The full article can be found on


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