Soul – Bill Gates on Tuesday urged South Korea to step up its international efforts to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19, stressing the need for the world to prepare for the next pandemic.
Speaking with South Korean lawmakers in Seoul, Gates called for greater international cooperation, including efforts to develop an effective vaccine against the broader coronavirus, urging him to take what he called a “crisis moment” in global health. I asked you to get through what you described.
He said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the South Korean government have committed to a partnership aimed at addressing health disparities between countries and supporting efforts to eradicate infectious diseases in developing countries. Stated.
He cites South Korea’s strengths in public health tools, research and vaccine manufacturing, and praises South Korea’s pledge to donate $200 million to a UN-backed COVAX distribution program to provide COVID-19 vaccines to low-income countries. Did.
“There are many things we need to work together. We need to reach out deeper, build more partnerships, and encourage scientists,” Gates said in a speech to Congress. “But with these measures, we will continue to fundamentally improve global health, halve the number of child deaths again, eradicate diseases such as polio, measles and malaria, and improve the lives of all humans. I am confident we can.”
Gates then met with SK business group leaders to discuss further cooperation on health projects. SK Biosciences, SK’s pharmaceutical arm, manufactures a COVID-19 vaccine and received funding from the Gates Foundation to develop a nasal spray designed to help prevent coronavirus infection.
Gates also met with South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol on Tuesday.
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