Former world's richest man Bill Gates called for a global surveillance team headed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to spot pandemic threats.
"It seems wild to me that we could fail to look at this tragedy and not, on behalf of the citizens of the world, make these investments,” Gates told the paper. “The amount of money involved is very small compared to the benefit and it will be a test: can global institutions take on new responsibilities in an excellent way, even in a time period where U.S.-China [relations are] tough, U.S.-Russia is extremely tough?” he also asked.
Gates then claimed that "less [sic] than 10 full-time people” are working on pandemic preparedness at WHO, saying that "those people are distracted with many other activities."
“The current WHO funding is not at all serious about pandemics,” added Gates, who is due to release a book titled "How to Prevent the Next Pandemic."
“Sadly, the virus itself, particularly, the variant called omicron, is a type of vaccine, that is, it creates both B-cell and T-cell immunity, and it’s done a better job getting out to the world population than we have with vaccines,” he said at the time. “That means the chance of severe disease, which is mainly associated with being elderly and having obesity or diabetes, those risks are now dramatically reduced because of that infection, exposure.”
The Epoch Times has contacted WHO for comment.