Of course, Mr. Gates would make such an announcement after I’ve binge watched FX’s The Strain! The billionaire philanthropist declared the world ‘vulnerable’ to a deadly epidemic. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s global emergency response team lacks the strength and ability to develop new drugs and vaccines. “I cross my fingers all the time that some epidemic like a big flu doesn’t come along in the next 10 years,” Gates told Britain’s BBC radio. “I do think we will have much better medical tools, much better response, but we are a bit vulnerable right now if something spread very quickly, like a flu, that was quite fatal,” he added. Gates also defended the World Health Organization over the criticism it received from it’s handling of the 2014 Ebola crisis. Despite the lack of funding and support, Gates has hope that the world will overcome any obstacles we face if we can come together and put our differences aside for the sake of humanity.
Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for their mRNA research, which allowed for the development of COVID-19 vaccines.