Bill Gates: Low COVID-19 Death Rate in Africa is Shocking
Philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Bill Gates, has said that it’s quite hard to understand why the COVID-19 death rate is low in Africa as opposed to the prediction.
Bill Gates had warned early 2020 that Africa could be the worse hit by COVID-19, stating at a conference that the virus would overwhelm health systems in the world’s poorest continent. But this has not been the case and the world does not understand why.
Bill Gates who has invested heavily in the health care system in Africa said he is, however, happy to have been wrong about COVID-19 rates in Africa.
“We don’t have enough data yet to understand why the numbers aren’t as high as I worried they would get. It helped that some countries locked down early. In Africa, another reason may be that the population is young compared with the rest of the world’s, and young people are less susceptible to the virus.
Why does it rank so low in Africa? It’s not just the relatively low incidence of COVID-19 there. It’s also because shifting health workers to focus on the coronavirus disrupted efforts to detect and treat HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and other diseases. As a result, COVID-19 stayed low on the list of health threats, but other problems came roaring back,” he said.
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