Along with climate change and the ongoing pandemic, the multi-billionaire and brain behind Microsoft has coined bioterrorism as the next impending threat to humanity.
The idea that somewhere in the world, somebody is in a laboratory plotting to release a deadly virus out into the global population sounds a lot like the storyline of an upcoming thriller film starring Liam Neeson.
Maybe so, but Bill Gates has said that this could be a very real possibility. And if you’ve been paying attention to the Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist in the last few years, you’ll already know he has a knack for predicting this sort of thing.
In November of 2019 – just a month before the Coronavirus began its world tour – Gates featured in an episode of Vox’s Explained on Netflix, discussing the imminence of an epidemic, as well as the need to increase funding into vaccine research.
It wasn’t the first time he’d spoken on the nature of deadly viruses and the threat they pose to humans. Six years ago, he presented a Ted Talk on the necessity of preparing healthcare systems and advancing vaccine capabilities for when an outbreak inevitably emerges.
Now I’m not calling him a psychic, but when Bill Gates says the world needs to anticipate acts of bioterrorism, perhaps governments and other major organisations should listen up.