Bill Gates, who donated millions to pandemic relief, tested positive for the coronavirus, he said Tuesday.
Mr. Gates, 66, went on Twitter that he was isolating himself with mild symptoms and that he had been vaccinated and potentiated. It wasn’t clear if this was the first time he tested positive for the coronavirus. He also said he would virtually attend a meeting Tuesday with the people of his founding him.
In recent months, Mr. Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and one of the richest men in the world, has focused his considerable resources on the pandemic. Last week he published a book called “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic”, in which he explains how countries could make a coordinated effort to avoid pandemics and “eliminate all respiratory diseases. “
He was outspoken about how global health authorities should respond to the pandemic and distribute vaccines. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said yes donated millions to organizations including Gavi and the World Health Organization to finance vaccine testing, treatment and distribution. (The Gates divorced last yearbut both have expressed an ongoing commitment to the foundation.)
In January, Mr. Gates continued Twitter that “once Omicron has crossed a country”, the virus could be treated “more like a seasonal flu”.