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The public has come to expect great things of Bill Gates over the years. After all, he built his reputation on his ability to solve problems. In this talk, he doesn’t disappoint. Not only does Gates, a philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, sound a critical alarm – that humankind is not ready to tackle a deadly contagion – but he also proposes a shopping list of solutions. getAbstract recommends Gates’s perceptive oration, delivered with aplomb, to health care workers, policy makers and anyone on the front line when the next global epidemic strikes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why global epidemics present the biggest threat to global health,
  • How the Ebola outbreak highlighted flaws in medical planning and response, and
  • What the world’s health organizations can do to prepare for the next global epidemic.

About the Speaker

Philanthropist Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.



After World War II, nuclear warfare presented the greatest risk to the human race. Today, it’s much more likely that an epidemic will spell the end for humankind. Since World War II, governments have made substantial investments to ward against nuclear attacks but have spent little preparing for a plague. The 2014–2015 Ebola outbreak, which killed 10,000 people in Western Africa, highlighted society’s incapacity to deal with such a pandemic. Epidemiologists weren’t equipped to respond, and medical teams weren’t on standby. Reports of the disease, ...

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