A year has passed since the first confirmed case of a ‘strange disease’ that the Government of China first located in Hubei province: COVID-19.
Twelve months later, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the pathogen that causes this disease, has claimed the lives of more than one million 417 thousand people and has infected more than 60 million worldwide, according to data from the University Johns Hopkins. .
This month, the first signs that the world could soon have an effective tool to fight the pandemic came with the publication of results from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, which showed that their doses against the new coronavirus work at different percentages.
And while these results offer hope for the end of the pandemic, there are those who think about when the next could come… yes, pandemic. One of those people is Bill Gates.
The Microsoft co-founder this month started a series of podcasts with actress Rashida Jones (which you can listen to at this link) called Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions.
In his first podcast, Gates estimated that the next pandemic to hit the world could be quite close. “If we get it right, it will come in 20 years, but we have to assume it could come in three years,” he said.
Gates assured that if this happens, the next pandemic will have a less destructive effect than that caused by COVID-19 thanks to the experience of recent months.
“Most countries will respond, such as Australia and South Korea, with extensive testing and quarantines. Our testing tools will be much better. We will not be so stupid on that occasion, “he added.