US News "Crazy ideas spread faster than the truth": Bill Gates appeals to reason in the corona pandemic

01:06  18 september  2020
01:06  18 september  2020 Source:   businessinsider.de

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Bill Gates was not only a target of conspiracy theorists during the corona pandemic . The Microsoft founder and his wife Melinda have been fighting poverty and diseases around the world with a foundation for years, including through vaccinations. Hundreds of thousands of people still die each year from infectious diseases such as measles, which can be prevented by vaccinations. But Gates has been heavily attacked for his involvement on the Internet - also because he warned of a new pandemic years ago after his experience with Ebola .

"What has been done to prepare for the pandemic since then has been very, very modest," Gates said in an interview with

"Spiegel Online". Fighting a pandemic is not the task of his foundation, but that of governments. "Foundations can help fund scientists. But we are not a foundation that can solve all the world's health problems. We focus on those diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries, that the rich world does not pay attention to: HIV, tuberculosis "Malaria," said the American. "I'm surprised my name appears in these conspiracy theories"

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Gates is dissatisfied with how the pandemic is being dealt with in his home country. "The US reaction is so much worse than it should have been. And the political leadership is fully responsible for that," he said.

In another interview, Gates was deeply concerned about the spread of disinformation and lies online. "These crazy ideas spread somehow faster on social media than the truth. I'm surprised that my name appears in these conspiracy theories," said the 64-year-old on "

Bild Live" . "I think it's kind of ironic that I warned to be prepared for this pandemic - and now there are people who say I am responsible for it." The multi-billionaire appealed to the common sense: "We are in the middle of a pandemic and it is more important than ever to face the facts and the truth." "Set the world back by 25 years in 25 weeks"

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His fight against poverty and disease has suffered considerable setbacks due to the new coronavirus. "The pandemic has halted progress and pushed us back," Gates said at a telephone press conference on the occasion of the publication of the "Goalkeepers" report on Tuesday. The report, which has been published annually since 2017, takes stock of the global progress made to date in the fight against poverty and disease and predicts how things could continue.

For example, the number of people living in extreme poverty has increased by seven percent since the pandemic began, the report says. The global vaccination coverage for people has fallen back to the level of the 1990s - and thus "moved the world back 25 years in 25 weeks". In addition, the economic consequences of the pandemic increased existing inequalities, as women and minorities as well as people who live in extremely poor conditions are much more affected.

Corona case numbers: RKI reports fewer infections and warns of a further increase

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The world must therefore fight the pandemic and its effects together - above all through the development of treatment methods and vaccines, demand Bill and his wife Melinda Gates in the report. "This is a common global crisis that requires a common global response."

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"Alarming" increase in corona cases .
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