Bill Gates tests positive for Covid

Philanthropist Bill Gates announced he has tested positive for Covid-19 (Image: Getty Images)

Billionaire Bill Gates has announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Microsoft co-founder shared his diagnosis on Twitter late Tuesday afternoon.

“I tested positive for COVID,” Gates, 66, wrote. “I have mild symptoms and am following the advice of the experts in isolating myself until I’m well again.”

The Philanthropist added: “I am fortunate to be vaccinated, updated and have access to testing and excellent medical care.”

Gates then brought up his nonprofit organization that fights poverty, disease and injustice around the world. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation met Tuesday for the first time in two years, he said.

“I’m lucky enough to be on Teams to see everyone and thank them for their hard work,” Gates said, referring to Microsoft’s video conferencing platform.

“We will continue to work with partners and do everything we can to ensure that none of us have to deal with a pandemic again,” Gates said tweeted.

Gates has been heavily involved in coronavirus discussions. In his book How to Prevent the Next Pandemic, published earlier this month, he explains why he thinks Covid-19 could be the last global pandemic. He describes the lessons of the coronavirus and concrete steps to stop possible future pandemics.

“I’ve thought about this for a long time, and COVID has only made it clearer that the world must prioritize eliminating pandemics as a threat to humanity,” Gates writes.

But around the same time, Gates warned that “we haven’t even seen the worst of the coronavirus.”

“We still run the risk of this pandemic spawning an even more transmissible and even deadlier variant,” he told the Financial Times.

His foundation has pledged $150 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation for their fight against the coronavirus and future pandemics.

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Justin Scacco

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