Bill Gates has been warning for years that the next pandemic was imminent. In 2018, he said “The world needs to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way it prepares for war.”
The coronavirus outbreak has killed at least 9,700 people and infected more than 235,000 people worldwide. There have been 165 deaths and more than 9,000 confirmed cases in the US.
As the pandemic worsened, more and more political leaders began using “wartime” language in 2020, at first French President Emmanuel Macron and leading Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden, and later US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.