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The Problem with Bill and Melinda Gates’ Proposed Virus ‘Global Alert System’

Microsoft founder Bill Gates in Omaha, Neb., May 6, 2018 (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Bill and Melinda Gates write their annual letter to . . . well, the world, really, and make a sensible recommendation that has one glaring problem that they don’t address.

To prevent the hardship of this last year from happening again, pandemic preparedness must be taken as seriously as we take the threat of war. The world needs to double down on investments in R&D and organizations like CEPI that have proven invaluable with COVID-19. We also need to build brand-new capabilities that don’t exist yet . . .

First, we need to spot disease outbreaks as soon as they happen, wherever


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