Gates will deliver a speech at the Munich Security Council which has been host to speeches from such international dignitaries as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Gates has made the cynosure of his philanthropic work globalhealth. He wrote an op-ed forBusiness Insider that is extremely similar to the speech he will deliver in Germany. According to the speech and op-ed piece, Gates believes that airborne illnesses and epidemics could wipe out as many as 30 million people in a year if vaccines are not made a priority by the world community.
"It's also true that the next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus . . . or a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu," wrote Gates. "The point is, we ignore the link between health security and international security at our peril. Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10-15 years."
Gates warned that viruses such as Ebola could easily do irreparable damage to social and economic stability should they make their way into urban centers. He called for a dedication to biotechnological