- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Bill Gates has a background in software but a passion for pandemics so that plus his considerable wealth has bought him prestige and influence with global medical bureaucrats.

So when he says future “pandemic preparedness must be taken as seriously as we take the threat of war” — which he just did, via his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual letter — it sets the stage for worldwide government policy.

And his preferred method of policy is to regulate and control.

Here’s what Gates wants: Better testing, new vaccines, more spending on research and development and speedier response to disease. Sounds common sense, yes? Devil is in the details. Devil is in the administrator of the details.

As the Seattle Times notes, Gates “argues for the creation of a global corps of 3,000 infectious disease first responders who would spring into action like firefighters when new outbreaks flare anywhere in the world and prevent them from throwing off sparks that lead to runaway spread.”

As Forbes notes, Gates wants these 3,000 responders to also “spend their off time running ‘term games,’ which are ‘simulations that let us practice, analyze, and improve how we respond to disease outbreaks, just as war games let the military prepare for real-life warfare.’”

As Business Standard notes, Gates wants “‘mega-diagnostic platforms, which could test as much as 20% of the global population every week.’”

It’s a total top-down control approach to global health care.

And it carries a big price tag.

“The world needs to spend billions to save trillions,” Gates said.

COVID-19 vaccines are just the beginning. Gates envisions huge innovations in vaccinations in the coming years, and with his band of merry global responders — the speedy administration of them around the world.

He calls himself a philanthropist, intent only on helping people and offering them better health treatments. But he’s much more than a friendly neighborhood helper.

Gates is an unelected, unaccountable-to-the-people billionaire whose money has allowed him to carry a big policy stick within the world’s largest bureaucracies, including the World Health Organization. What he suggests, advises, recommends morphs quickly into what wonks with WHO suggest, advise and recommend as policy, which in turn morphs into what governments of the world turn into regulation.

And the left leaners in the media love him.

A regular doctor calling for new vaccines, speedier response to viruses, better preparedness for future pandemics, and even specially trained personnel to deal with health emergencies in far-away places is nothing that sounds alarms. That’s doctorly advice; doctors being doctors.

But billionaire Gates who sees the world as his playground and the people as his playthings — or more to the truth, who sees himself as the savior of the people — is a different beast. When he calls for billions of dollars to be spent on pandemic preparation, he’s sending a message to the governments of the world that they better spend. When he calls for 3,000 first responders, trained and ready to spring to action at the first whiff of virus, he’s setting the stage to empower health bureaucrats with powers to enforce quarantines, strip citizens of self-rule, force individuals to abide by his will and obey his commands.

“To prevent the hardship of this last year from happening again, pandemic preparedness must be taken as seriously as we take the threat of war,” Gates wrote. “The world wasn’t ready for the Covid-19 pandemic. I think next time will be different.”

That’s a chilling remark from a guy who thinks China, in many respects, handled the coronavirus response better than America.

But don’t worry; Gates says his master pandemic preparedness plan is all for your own good.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE. Her latest book, “Socialists Don’t Sleep: Christians Must Rise Or America Will Fall,” is available by clicking HERE.

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