Bill Gates cited Australia’s COVID-19 response as the gold standard for countries to follow to prevent the next pandemic.
“If every country does what Australia did, then you wouldn’t be calling [the next outbreak] a pandemic,” Gates, who has invested billions of dollars into COVID-19 vaccine research, said this month.
“They orchestrated diagnostics, they executed quarantine policies, and they have a death rate in a different league than other rich countries,” Gates said. “And everybody had the capability to do that.”
Australia, an island without any land borders, reopened its international borders this week for the first time since March 2020.