- Bill Gates said he quit the Microsoft board so he would focus on philanthropy works following the COVID-19
- He said the foundation was worried the COVID-19 situation in Africa was not receiving enough attention and that it would be worse soon
- Gates said the reason why Africa was not adversely affected by the disease was because majority of its population is made up of young people
- He also said lack of indoor activities played a role in the situation
Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates has cast a doubt on the number of COVID-19 cases being recorded in Africa.
The billionaire said the disease was less fatal in the continent owing to the fact that the majority of the population is that of young people who less susceptible to the disease’s effects
Speaking during an interview with NTV on Thursday, September 17, Gates said the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was worried the disease was not being fully measured.
“ So far it’s good news that the amount of COVID-19 sickness in most of Africa has been fairly low...we are worried that the disease is there in Africa but it is not being measured,” he said
“ So it is probably a bit worse than what we know and we are a little bit worried that it will take off,” added the Microsoft co-founder
The billionaire also attributed the low numbers of COVID-19 cases in rural Africa to lack of indoor activities which was the major cause of the spike in infections in the US and Italy.
“Certainly, there is a benefit that there is a younger population and this is a disease that in terms of deaths and serious sickness its mostly in older people,” he added.
Bill explained he had to quit the Microsoft board to focus on philanthropy work being done by the foundation as their work was now needed globally and not just developing countries.
“We are expert in infectious disease and a lot of our work is in Africa and more recently with the pandemic now our work is important globally,” said the billionaire.
“Because our expertise is in vaccine and we know which companies are good at developing such things and so this year has been an intense year,” he added.
He said he streamlined things so the foundation could play a big part in making sure in the coming years they put the pandemic to an end
On the equitable distribution of vaccines, Bill said the foundation would do its best to make sure it was fair by getting additional factories dedicated to middle and low-income countries.
"Some of the factories are dedicated to the rich countries and we are not going to be able to change that," he said.
"Adding more factories by using money from the foundation...and the special aid money from Europen countries we should be able to supply imparallel," added.
He said the foundation will start getting the vaccine out by 2021 so the pandemic can end by 2022.