Bill Gates warns the worst of Covid pandemic could be yet to come

Bill Gates warns the worst of Covid pandemic could be yet to come

Bill Gates has warned that we might not have experienced the worst of the Covid pandemic and a more deadly variant could emerge.

The billionaire philanthropist said he did not want to sound all “doom and gloom” but there is a risk of an “even more transmissive and even more fatal” variant emerging.

He also predicted that the risk of a deadly variant propagating is “way above five per cent”.

The Microsoft founder told the Financial Times: “We’re still at risk of this pandemic generating a variant that would be even more transmissive and even more fatal.

“It’s not likely, I don’t want to be a voice of doom and gloom, but it’s way above a 5 per cent risk that this pandemic, we haven’t even seen the worst of it.”

The tech mogul previously gave a talk in 2015 claiming the world was “not ready for the next epidemic” and that viruses pose the greatest threat to mankind.

He has also called for a team of experts – costing around $1billion – that would be managed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to spot and prevent future pandemics.

He said: “The amount of money involved is very small compared to the benefit and it will be a test: can global institutions take on new responsibilities in an excellent way, even in a time period where US-China [relations are] tough, US-Russia is extremely tough?”

His warning comes as director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the world needs to remain cautious about the virus amid a drop in overall testing.

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