TED Talk. Bill Gates: The next outbreak? We’re not ready


This TED talk was first posted almost six years ago. Please note the parallels to Covid-19.

It is owing to thousands of selfless health workers, that a pandemic spreading of last year’s Ebola outbreak could be averted. There was some fairly good luck involved as well! The greater part of the world community seemed paralysed toward the enormous challenge executed by the deadly disease, unable to act or react in the most efficient fashion. “There’s no need to panic … but we need to get going“, warns Bill Gates and suggests to quickly start turning the many good ideas that have been provoked by the recent outbreak, into serious practice.

This speaker needs no introduction:

Bill Gates – founder and former CEO of Microsoft – decided to set his focus on philanthropic work back in 2008. Meanwhile, dizzying sums have been donated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to HIV/AIDS programs, libraries, research or disaster relief and active guidance has been given and creative funding offered to global health and education schemes. All lives have equal value (no matter where they are being lived).

The header image is a screenshot made from the video by Christina Feyerke.

The actual picture shown in the film was taken by ©Daniel Berehulac.