Bill Gates said support for the World Health Organization (WHO) is needed to establish a Global Health Emergency Corps for “the next pandemic.”
Gates wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times to argue that coordination is needed “from every country and region.”
Gates also said the COVID pandemic showed that the world was caught “flat-footed.”
To ensure everything runs smoothly during the next pandemic, Gates said that every country should build on existing networks of experts and get transnational cooperation from “the highest levels of government.”
He didn’t specify what this would look like beyond saying it would need experts in place to “take quick action to stop the spread of a pathogen.” Gates said this would require large-scale testing capabilities such as environmental surveillance like sewage testing.
Gates’ support for the WHO comes just days after it was implicated in a scandal of epic proportions.
Earlier this month, the US House Republicans showed that Dr. Fuaci “prompted” the study in 2020 that was meant to dismiss the Wuhan lab leak theory — and the WHO’s Chief Scientist was heavily involved.
“The authors of this paper skewed available evidence to achieve that goal, and [WHO Chief Scientist] Dr. Jeremy Farrar went uncredited despite significant involvement,” the House Republicans’ memo said.
Big news organizations like CNN, NBC, The Atlantic, The Financial Times, BBC and others have all benefited from the funding.
In total, Gates has funnelled $166 million directly to media outlets while distributing the remaining money to various media centres and journalism organizations.
Here in Canada, the World University Service of Canada received $12 million from the foundation.