Bill Gates Warns of Smallpox Terror Attacks as He Seeks Tens of Billions for Research

(NeedToKnow) Bill Gates has warned governments to prepare for germ terror attacks and future pandemics by investing tens of billions into research and development. The US and UK are targeted as key donors. Gates advocated for a Task Force that could cost $1 billion per year to do surveillance and to engage in ‘germ games’ to prepare nations for bio-terrorism such as smallpox attacks on airports. He warned that bioterrorism caused epidemics could be worse than naturally occurring ones.

Bill Gates has warned governments to prepare for smallpox terror attacks and future pandemics by investing billions into research and development.

Mr Gates made the comments in a Policy Exchange interview with the chair of the health select committee Jeremy Hunt.

He said that countries like the US and the UK must spend “tens of billions” to fund the research adding that while it may be expensive, it could lead to the eradication of the flu and common cold.

“I’m hoping in five years, I can write a book called, ‘We are ready for the next pandemic’, but it’ll take tens of billions in R&D – the US and the UK will be part of that”, he said.

“It’ll take probably about a billion a year for a pandemic Task Force at the WHO level, which is doing the surveillance and actually doing what I call ‘germ games’ where you practise.”

The Microsoft founder suggested that the ‘germ games’ could prepare nations for bio-terrorism such as smallpox attacks on airports. Mr Gates warned that bioterrorism caused epidemics could be worse than naturally occurring ones.

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