The COVID-19 pandemic is a “great setback” for the world. But Bill Gates is still optimistic about the future.
When we concluded our interview with Gates at the virtual GeekWire summit on Thursday, we asked the co-founder of Microsoft and the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to give us some reasons for hope. We also asked him to call for action-we can all do something to improve the world.This is what he said
Scientific progress: The rapid development of vaccines and therapies (such as monoclonal antibodies) and the collaboration between researchers around the world have encouraged Gates.
He said that although “the situation will get worse” between now and the end of this year, he said that by the second half of 2021, the United States can reduce transmission and the situation will be much better. This is partly due to the fact that many companies have developed a treatment for the disease.
Learn from mistakes: Gates said that a lot can be learned from the mistakes made in the early stages of the pandemic. He cited the CDC’s early passing tests and the country’s leaders’ efforts to reduce the severity of COVID-19. Gates said that since the government understands how much funding is needed for pandemic prevention, funding for infectious disease research will now also increase.
Technological innovation: In addition to preventing another pandemic and proposing scientific breakthroughs, Gates also pointed to the progress made in the adoption of remote working and learning technologies and telemedicine. He said: “Maybe just last year, we have opened up for 12 years of progress.”
climate change: Gates said he was encouraged by the huge impact of this epidemic. Although the epidemic had a huge impact, it did not play a role in reducing climate activism, especially among international young people. . Gates said: “Even if the climate is more difficult to solve, the broad understanding is much higher.” Gates compared the COVID-19 crisis with the climate crisis.
Subtle benefits: Gates doesn’t like going to large meetings. Now, he can participate in meetings via video conference without leaving Seattle.
Staying at home also means he has more time to study with college students who are studying remotely. He quipped: “At least for parents, this is a pleasant surprise.”
Big picture: Gates believes that according to the grand plan, life will get better and better. He said: “Slowly, but surely, we are realizing how we treat ethnic minorities and how we treat women.” “But for sure, we are gradually reducing the number of cancer deaths and are beginning to understand diabetes and dementia.”
He added: “Progress will continue to happen. I am optimistic about ending the pandemic.”
The spark of philanthropy and citizen participation: Finally, we ask him to take action (except for voting, of course we all do). Gates believes that in 5 to 10 years to make the world a better place, one thing we should do?
His answer is: give back. He said that those who are not negatively affected by the epidemic, such as science and technology workers, should lend a hand. The Gates Foundation itself has invested US$350 million in COVID-19 response work, and this number is expected to grow. He said, but giving will have any impact.
He said: “I hope that philanthropy will increase, not only in dollars, but all office workers involved in various causes can help those who are unfortunate.”
Gates also wanted to see people more involved in their community activities-what he learned from his father Bill Gates (Bill Gates Sr.). Bill Gates Sr. is a devout civic leader who was 94 years old.
Gates said: “We need to reduce polarization and help the local community.” “He believes in this way of citizen participation. I think it is a good example for all of us.”
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