new Covid variant could be "even more transmissive and even more fatal" than the Delta and Omicron variants. To tackle the situation in advance, he stressed the need for increased global surveillance Noting that he doesn't want to seem like a "voice of doom and gloom", Gates said, “but, the risk of a more virulent variant emerging is way above 5%." "We're still at risk of this pandemic generating a variant that would be even more transmissive and even more fatal," he said on May 2.
The Microsoft co-founder also suggested that an international team of experts, which will include epidemiologists and computer modellers, can be formed to predict future threats and improve international coordination.
Gates has been issuing a warning regarding pandemics for the last couple of years. In 2015, Gates first cautioned publicly that the "world was not ready for the inevitable next pandemic" and that viruses, not war, pose the greatest risk of "global catastrophe".