- Melinda Gates has raised concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on developing countries, noting that it will be horrible
- The co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation warned that the streets of African countries will be littered with dead bodies
- Melinda noted that this would happen if the world does not act fast enough about the coronavirus pandemic
The wife of billionaire businessman and founder of Microsoft, Melinda Gates, has warned that the streets of countries in Africa will be littered with dead bodies if the world does not act fast enough about the coronavirus pandemic.
Melinda raised these concerns while speaking on CNN about the effects of the global pandemic in third world countries and the crisis African countries will be facing.
The co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said though her heart is in Africa, she is worried that the continent might not be able to handle the devastating effect of the virus.
She said: “Its going to be horrible in the developing world. Part of the reasons you are seeing the case numbers still do not look very bad is because they don’t have access to many tests.
“Look at what is happening in Ecuador, they are putting bodies out on the streets, you are going to see that in countries in Africa.”
Bill Gates' wife also talked about the poor health care systems and lack of humanitarian support, adding that she fears things will get worst for Africa once cases get to the peak.
According to Melinda, her worst nightmare concerning COVID-19 was when she saw what China had to do to isolate an enormous part of its population.
"My first thought was Africa. How in the world are they going to deal with this. I have been in townships all over Africa and slums. When we talk in country physical distancing and hand-washing, if you live in slums who can’t physical distance, you have to go out and get your meals. You don’t have clean water to wash your hands,” she said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Gates said he will be funding the construction of factories for seven different potential coronavirus vaccines.
The businessman, who made the disclosure on Trevor Noah's The Daily Show, said two of the vaccines will eventually be picked after billions of dollars has gone into the seven vaccines.
Gates said: "Because our foundation has such deep expertise in infectious diseases, we've thought about the epidemic, we did fund some things to be more prepared like a vaccine effort, our early money can accelerate things."
In other news, the billionaire business magnate and philanthropist promised to donate 1.8 billion naira to help fight the spread of coronavirus in Africa.
Gates through his foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said he would remit a total of 3.6 billion naira, which would be divided equally between China and Africa.
The N1.8 billion allocated for Africa will be used to create centres for disease control and prevention for screening and crisis preparedness in countries that will be deemed to be at high risk of being infected with the dreaded virus.
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