Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates weighed in on his GatesNotes site with a lengthy description of what he sees is needed to fight the pandemic, arguing that innovation will be critical to stemming the damage from COVID-19.
“I see global innovation as the key to limiting the damage,” Gates wrote. “This includes innovations in testing, treatments, vaccines, and policies to limit the spread while minimizing the damage to economies and well-being….
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“…During World War II, an amazing amount of innovation, including radar, reliable torpedoes, and code-breaking, helped end the war faster,” Gates wrote. “This will be the same with the pandemic. I break the innovation into five categories: treatments, vaccines, testing, contact tracing, and policies for opening up. Without some advances in each of these areas, we cannot return to the business as usual or stop the virus.”
The lengthy document offers detailed descriptions of what’s needed and is available for download as a PDF.
The Gates Foundation also offers a wealth of information about the pandemic.
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