In a New York Times opinion piece published on Sunday, Bill Gates said that he wants global health police for pandemics.
Preventing another pandemic like Covid-19 requires setting up a planetary response network of “firefighters,” led by the World Health Organization, billionaire Bill Gates has argued. He added that recognized experts and national public health officials should lead this effort.
“We need to prepare to fight disease outbreaks just as we prepare to fight fires,” Gates wrote in a New York Times opinion piece published on Sunday. This means “a well-funded system that is ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice when danger emerges.”
He endorsed the WHO’s effort to create a network of “top health emergency leaders,” called the Global Health Emergency Corps. This “corps of professionals from every country and region” needs to be well-funded and able to deploy in response to “transnational threats,” Gates wrote.
Such an organization was proposed in his 2022 book, ‘How to Prevent the Next Pandemic’, though Gates called it Global Epidemic Response and Mobilization (GERM) and specified its size and funding at 3,000 people and an additional $1 billion in the WHO budget.
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