Bill Gates warned of new kind of terrorism in 2017, mentioned 'an epidemic, either naturally caused or intentionally caused'

April 25, 2021 / 3.8K views

A visit back to 2017 shows an article from Business Insider that has Bill Gates warning us of a new kind of terrorism that has a very big potential to do massive amounts of damage.

In the article, Bill Gates was talking about bioterrorism and he mentions in one part of the story, "an epidemic, either naturally caused or intentionally caused."

This is somewhat frightening considering what we saw happen in 2020 and makes some of us wonder if there's anything we could have done to prevent it.


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Let's take a look at the story and see where it goes.

Bill Gates warned at the World Economic Forum on Thursday that a new form of terrorism could be coming and that we are not prepared for it.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is part of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation, which focuses on creating vaccines that could stop the outbreak of future diseases.


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And while the organization has about $700 million to work with, Gates worries it won't be enough to stop a related threat.

You'd think that amount of money would be enough to fix or protect us from just about anything. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't.

Bioterrorism, or terrorism involving the purposeful spread of epidemics, could become a serious issue, Gates said, arguing that we need to start figuring out how to combat it now.

"What preparedness will look like for intentionally caused things, that needs to be discussed," he said. "It's very hard to rate the probability of bioterrorism, but the potential damage is very, very huge."

Gates spoke about the dangers of both intentional and natural epidemics at a World Economic Forum event earlier in the week, and he plans to discuss the issue in detail at a Munich conference in February.

I think the damage from this could be absolutely frightening. And how would people protect themselves from something like this?

"I think an epidemic, either naturally caused or intentionally caused, is the most likely thing to cause, say, 10,000 [he said 10,000,000 on the original video] excess deaths," Gates said.

He voiced the same concern in March during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session: "The problem of how we prevent a small group of terrorists using nuclear or biological means to kill millions is something I worry about," he wrote.

Gates' message is beginning to be taken seriously, at least among his tech peers. Sam Altman, the president of the Silicon Valley startup accelerator program Y Combinator, told The New Yorker's Tad Friend that he and peers would occasionally discuss how the world would end.

One of their most popular theories, he said, was bioterrorism.

This is not the discussion that I have with my friends. We're usually talking about who the Eagles will pick in the draft and why their picks are always so bad.

Or maybe we're talking about simple things like bacon and having a brew on the weekend. Meanwhile, other folks are discussing how the world ends and they think it might be bioterrorism.

Shows how vastly different the people in the world are.

Now here comes the scary part of the article...

"After a Dutch lab modified the H5N1 bird-flu virus, five years ago, making it super contagious, the chance of a lethal synthetic virus being released in the next twenty years became, well, nonzero," Altman said.

Gates said governments would need to get involved and work together to prevent bioterrorism because epidemics, he said, "don't respect borders."

"It's tricky because this is a global problem," Gates said. "So, how do countries work together, and which countries should put up which resources? Whether you're looking at this through a humanitarian sense or a purely domestic sense, [combatting epidemics] are investments that should be made."

My goodness! They modified a virus to make it super contagious??? My goodness, that is absolutely scary if you think about how it could be used.

Now this article is only reviewing an old piece that was written in 2017, but I'm sure after reading through the piece on Business Insider, you've got some wild theories of your own brewing at this point.

I know I sure do... but once you start thinking like this, it's down the rabbit hole we go.

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