In a 2019 Netflix documentary, Bill Gates predicted a killer virus could originate in China’s wet markets to rapidly infect the world. In what now appears to be an eerie premonition of future events, the Microsoft tycoon warned in an episode of the Netflix “Explained” series that the world was ill-prepared to deal with a global pandemic. In the series aired late last year, Gates had warned of the likelihood of a virus breaking out in one of China’s wet markets – exactly like the one in Wuhan where this new outbreak of Coronavirus is believed to have originated. In the episode titled “The Next Pandemic,” the documentary producers go to a wet market in Lianghua, China, where animals are killed and the resulting meat sold in the same place. This, the documentary explained, makes the wet markets a disease X factory as the different animal corpses are stacked on top of each other, blood and meat mixing, before being passed from human to human. “All the while, their viruses are mixing and mutating, increasing the odds that one finds its way to humans,” the documentary goes on to explain. In the episode, Gates also warned the world was ill-prepared to deal with the implications of the viral spread of disease when cures were often years away. He said if nothing was done to better prepare for pandemics the time would come when the world would look back and wish it had invested more into potential vaccines. “If you think of anything that could come along that would kill millions of people, a pandemic is our greatest risk,” he said.
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