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- Bill Gates released his annual “What I learned at work this year” letter, which reflects on the issues of the past year and predicts what may happen in the upcoming 12 months.
- In his 2018 edition, the Microsoft founder shared what he believes will be the next epidemic: the flu.
- “If anything is going to kill tens of millions of people in a short time, it will probably be a global epidemic. And the disease would most likely be a form of the flu,” Gates wrote.
- Gates added that developing a universal flu vaccine is crucial for keeping a global outbreak from happening.
As 2018 comes to a close, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is reflecting on the year and thinking about what lies ahead in his annual “What I learned at work this year” letter. In addition to addressing energy and gene editing, this year’s musings focused on the potential of a global flu epidemic — one that Gates, also the cofounder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, does not think we are ready to handle.
As Gates wrote in his letter, 2018 marked the 100 year anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic, a global outbreak that infected 500 million people worldwide and killed roughly 50 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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