Bill Gates thinks a pandemic will sweep across the world if foreign aid stops
The Microsoft founder said he thinks stopping foreign aid could lead to a pandemic spreading from Africa to Europe, killing around 10 million people in the process.
He thinks that the frantic rush to avoid the murderous disease, which he believes will transmit faster than ebola, would lead to mass immigration as people desperately flee their homeland.
Mr Gates told The Spectator: “If people aren’t worried about pandemics coming to Britain then they should be.
“Diseases will come out of Africa that transmit far more effectively than Ebola, so these countries need to have basic health systems to contain whatever new pathogens come along. That is important in terms of security.
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Mr Gates is worries something worse than ebola will kill millions
“If you asked what in the world is most likely to jump out and kill an extra 10 million people, it is absolutely a pandemic.
“The kind of surveillance and ability to respond that we have through our aid budgets means that we ought to be able to stop these diseases before they spread back to the UK or the US.”
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He claims people do get value for their money when Britain forks out more than £12billion in aid handouts every year.
He added: “In the case of the UK Government, aid is under 2 per cent of the budget — it’s 0.7 per cent of GDP, and applied in places where the interventions are at least a hundred times more effective than anything you’d do domestically.
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“If you can’t save a life for less than $1,000, it’s not done. Nor is it done unless there’s a strategic goal — in terms of reducing pandemics, or creating stability to avoid war and migration.
“So you’re getting something back, avoiding problems for the UK and in particular the US. It would cost money to have a pandemic come out of Africa, it would cost money to have mass migration.”