A 2019 documentary showed that Bill Gates predicted a killer virus could originate in China’s wet markets to rapidly infect the world. The Microsoft billionaire warned in an episode of ‘Explained’ series that the world was ill-prepared to deal with a global pandemic.
In the series aired last year, Mr Gates had warned of the likelihood of a virus breaking out in one of China’s wet markets, just like the one in Wuhan where this new outbreak of Coronavirus is believed to have originated. In the episode titled ‘The Next Pandemic’ the documentary producers go to a wet market in Lianghua, China, where animals were killed and the resulting meat sold in the same place.
The documentary explained that such wet markets also called a ‘disease X factory’ as the different animal corpses were stacked on top of each other, blood and meat mixing, before being passed from human to human.
‘All the while, their viruses are mixing and mutating, increasing the odds that one finds its way to humans,’ the documentary went on to explain.
In the episode, Mr Gates also warned the world was ill-prepared to deal with the implications of the viral spread of disease when cures were often years away. He said if nothing was done to better prepare for pandemics the time would come when the world would look back and wish it had invested more into potential vaccines.
‘If you think of anything that could come along that would kill millions of people, a pandemic is our greatest risk,’ he said.
Scientists who have been looking at the current coronavirus outbreak believe it comes from snakes and bats, animals that had been sold live at the Wuhan seafood market, before being killed and eaten.
And as the World Health Organization classified the latest coronavirus outbreak as a global health emergency, the race is on to find a vaccine.
The number of cases have been rapidly growing each day and the death toll has surpassed 200. Scientists in Hong Kong and China were reportedly close to finding a vaccine and testing it for use.
-Courtesy by Daily Mail