Bill Gates says next pandemic would be much worse than Covid and also man-made

Bill Gates has said he believes the next pandemic will be much worse than Covid and will also be from a man-made virus.

The tech expert and Microsoft founder told world leaders they needed to prepare for the next virus and plan ahead during a speech in Sydney, Australia.

The 67-year-old added global cooperation would be needed and that countries across the world would need to learn their lessons from the Covid pandemic in order to improve tackling disease.

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Gates praised Australian policies but claimed that a "foolish" lack of preparation meant many countries were lacking in basic "quarantine policies".

The 67-year-old said: "With the pandemic we were foolish not to have the tools, the practice and global capacity to be on standby like we do with fire or earthquakes.

"Some of the things that stand out are that Australia and about seven other countries did population scale diagnostics early on and had quarantine policies.

"That meant you kept the level of infection low in that first year when there were no vaccines."

To react faster to another pandemic, which Gates suggested would be worse than Covid, countries would need to work together and use "comprehensive" plans in a "global group."

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Gates added: "The one thing that still hangs in the balance is will we have the global capacity and at the regional and country levels that would mean that when an (infectious disease) threat comes up we act in such a way that it doesn't go global.

"We need to be doing every five years a comprehensive exercise at both country and regional levels of pandemic preparedness and you need a global group that's scoring everybody."

The 67-year-old has since dedicated half of his personal funds to good causes and added: "You can literally save lives for $US1,000 and there isn't much around that should be as fulfilling as that."

Said cash will head up equality in health, energy and education industries, Daily Mail reported.

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