Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates, who received significant attention on social media after he said during a lecture that vaccines could reduce population growth, had already ”predicted” a potential coronavirus epidemic in 2018. Gates is also involved in a coronavirus patent.
Bill Gates presented a forecast of a potential coronavirus epidemic during a conference at the Massachusetts Medical Society on April 27, 2018. The data he used came from a study conducted by the Institute for Disease Modeling. According to the forecast, up to 33 million people could die in the first six months.
Gates argued that the world needed to prepare for pandemics and likened virus catastrophes to a state of war:
”In the case of biologic threats, that sense of urgency is lacking. But the world needs to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way it prepares for war. This preparation includes staging simulations, war games, and preparedness exercises so that we can better understand how diseases will spread and how to deal with responses such as quarantine and communications to minimize panic.”
You can read more about the content of the lecture in ”Innovation for Pandemics” on The New England Journal of Medicine.
Bill Gates ”predicted” coronavirus outbreak and funded coronavirus patents