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Bill Gates: We have to build an arsenal of new weapons (and they aren't guns)


2017-02-20 01:42:56
When giving a speech at the Munich Security Conference, Bill Gates said that we have to build an arsenal of new weapons. But contrary to the people, and governments, pushing for big arms buys, he says these weapons should be vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics.

While there hasn't been a global deadly pandemic since 1918 when deadly strain of flu killed up to 100 million people, it doesn't mean that it can't happen again. According to epidemiologists, a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in just one year.

And if you consider this possibility together with the fact that developing and licensing of a new vaccine takes up to 10 years these days, it's extremely important to put the focus on developing vaccines already today. And what's more, in order to make sure we would be able to cure fast-moving airborne pathogens, we should speed up the development of vaccines from 10 years to 90 days or even less.





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