Date
25 September 2017
Bill Gates, a passionate bridge player, has some ace up his sleeves in the fight against Ebola. Photo Bloomberg
Bill Gates, a passionate bridge player, has some ace up his sleeves in the fight against Ebola. Photo Bloomberg

How Bill Gates would attack Ebola

Bill Gates has a prescription to fight Ebola: American expertise and money.

America’s richest man thinks the deadly virus could be stopped in its tracks while it’s mostly confined to three countries in West Africa — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

But the most important thing is to throw America’s scientific and medical knowhow at the problem, along with a large dollop of cash, according to ABC News.

Gates was echoing US President Barack Obama who told the United Nations last week that the Ebola crisis is “a marathon but you have to run it like a sprint”.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently donated US$50 million in the fight against Ebola. The donation is intended  “scale up” the fight, letting the money be released in flexible funds to United Nations agencies.

“The US is the leader in being able to move into areas like this,” he said.

“There’s an overall approach now,” Gates said. “And the US as usual on world problems [is] stepping up both in terms of the science, the understanding, and now the US military’s logistic ability to get supplies in and create field hospitals that are critical.”

The eventual goal should be to not just rely on American and global institutions, but to encourage a kind of grassroots support for bearing the burden, Gates said.

“Getting as many Americans out in action to see this … that’s our best tool,” he said.

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