The next epidemic could be from bio-terrorism

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 17:30

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After predicting an epidemic that could kill 30 million people in 6 months in 2015, Bill Gates made another prediction, less mentioned, that the source of such deadly virus could likely originate from a lab for bio-terrorism purposes.

Speaking at a security conference in Munich, Germany in 2017, Gates elaborated on the upcoming Spanish flu-like virus even more saying that bio-terrorism could be a potential source of such a virus. According to Gates, advances in biology have made it easier for individuals or small groups to create weaponized diseases which could spread like wildfire around the globe. Terrorists could easily create a deadly disease in a lab to create havoc. In our current interconnected world, where people are always hopping on planes and moving from continent to continent, the disease could spread in a matter of hours.

“The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus ... or a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu.” - Bill Gates (2017)

Bill Gates, speaking at the Royal United Services Institute in London (RUSI) in 2017, also warned that “bio-terrorism is a much larger risk than a pandemic” and that an outbreak of a lethal respiratory virus could be far more dangerous than even a nuclear attack.

“Bio-terrorism is a much larger risk than a pandemic. When you are thinking about things that could cause in excess of 10 million deaths, even something tragic like a nuclear weapons incident wouldn’t get to that level. So the greatest risk is from a natural epidemic or an intentionally caused infection Bio-terrorism events" - Bill Gates (2017)

Gates said the world needs to prepare for the next pandemic like it prepares for war (and that the next epidemic could be a terrorist attack).

“Whether the next epidemic is unleashed by a quirk of nature or the hand of a terrorist, scientists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. So the world does need to think about this” - Bill Gates (2017)

"If you were to tell the world's governments that weapons that could kill 30 million people were under construction right now, there'd be a sense of urgency about preparing for the threat," Gates said. "In the case of biological threats, that sense of urgency is lacking." Gates added that countries need to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way they prepare for war.
Gates also said that advances in biotechnology, new vaccines and drugs could help prevent such epidemics.

"Most of the things we need to do to protect against a naturally occurring pandemic are the same things we must prepare for an intentional biological attack" - Bill Gates (2017)

Submitted by AviG on Sun, 06/14/2020 - 03:20