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Canada/Canadian-Media: For years, Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates had been warning about the global pandemic.
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His 2015 TED talk was also titled: "The Next Outbreak? We're not ready."
Now that he’s been proven right, he’s focused on what happens next. And he doesn’t sound as pessimistic as you might think.
"The pandemic is an incredible tragedy. We weren't prepared for it. We bungled it once it came. But there's some brilliant things going on," said Gates in an interview with CBC Radio’s The Current, CBC News reported.
As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has donated $1.75 billion to the fight against COVID-19, which has shown great strides in global health, including the development of mRNA vaccines to help end other deadly diseases.
"It'll help us with polio eradication, malaria, measles, all that area that causes so many deaths, mostly in poor countries," he said and added,
"The amount of innovation which countries, because they've lost trillions, are now willing to fund ... we're going to make great progress in global health and that will help us not just be ready for the next pandemic."
More awareness should be created in the media, said Gates to be more creative in making more people aware of the truth. Being a target of a series of conspiracy theories, including that COVID-19 was created by him in a lab and that he's behind a plan to implant microchips in people to fight the virus.
"There's like millions of messages saying those things," he said. "I hope that we can make the truth more interesting than the conspiracy theory," CBC News reported.