WASHINGTON – For billionaire Bill Gates, the scariest recurring nightmare is a global pandemic, triggered by a bio-terror attack, that kills 33 million people in 200 days, and he’s trying to reach out to new National Security Adviser John Bolton about a vaccination plan he believe can prevent it or mitigate its catastrophic effects.
Bill Gates says the U.S. government is falling short in preparing the nation and the world for the “significant probability of a large and lethal modern-day pandemic occurring in our lifetimes.”
It could happen with the next great flu epidemic, he says – like the last one that occurred 100 years ago in 1918. That pandemic killed as many as 100 million worldwide, according to various expert analysis.
Gates says only the U.S. has the resources to prevent it, though it will require an organized global plan – one that currently does not exist.