Some may have been led to think that Elon Musk had bullied Bill Gates into hiding when he compared his fellow billionaire to a pregnant man. But Gates, despite his rather unshapely figure, is continuing to hold himself out as an authority on public health.
In a recent interview, the Microsoft founder warned that the worst of the COVID pandemic has yet to come, the Daily Mail reported.
Bill Gates’ warning
Without explaining the source of his figures, Gates said that there is a “way above five percent” chance that a more transmissible and deadly variant of COVID is lying in wait. He said he doesn’t want to sound “doom and gloom.”
“We’re still at risk of this pandemic generating a variant that would be even more transmissive and even more fatal,” he said.
“‘It’s not likely, I don’t want to be a voice of doom and gloom, but it’s way above a 5 percent risk that this pandemic, we haven’t even seen the worst of it.”
Gates has often been criticized throughout the pandemic for posing as a health expert, and his aggressive advocacy of the COVID vaccine has made him the subject of much speculation.
In December, just as the milder Omicron variant began sweeping the United States, Gates had similarly warned his Twitter followers that a deadly wave was coming. His latest unsolicited forecast is sure to fall on many deaf ears as Americans move on from a pandemic that was declared more than two years ago.
Two kinds of billionaires
Gates was at one time the world’s richest man, a title now held by Musk. One thing is clear: while they are both among the world’s wealthiest people, Musk and Gates are two very different kinds of billionaires.
One is a provocative contrarian who dismissed the COVID “panic” as “dumb” at the pandemic’s outset, and who has invited the wrath of the liberal elite with his support of free speech and Trump-like Twitter habits. The other is a shill of the Davos elite and their “Great Reset” agenda.
On “behalf of the citizens of the world,” Gates is calling for a new global surveillance task force led by the China-tied World Health Organization (WHO) to prepare for the next pandemic.
In 2020, Gates blasted Musk’s “outrageous comments” about COVID and said that Musk shouldn’t “confuse areas he’s not involved in too much,” prompting Musk to invoke Michael Jackson and quip, “Billy G is not my lover.”
Musk, who recently bought Twitter, left many amused recently when he used a pregnant man emoji to mock Gates’s physical condition. In leaked texts, Musk had confronted Gates for shorting stock in Musk’s electric car company, Tesla. Musk later said he was “moving on” from making fun of Gates “for shorting Tesla while claiming to support climate change action.”