‘America First’ Is Straining Bill Gates’s Optimism

“And because of this connectivity, Gates fears a new global pandemic” writes Rachel Gutman for Because even though we’re not fully prepared, we have more resources.” “The most dangerous scenario,” Gates told Goldberg, “is where something breaks out somewhere else in the world and starts to spread, and then is coming into the United States.” This is where foreign aid becomes essential.But as Gates stressed to Goldberg, the modern world still faces serious threats, especially those that transcend geopolitical borders. “We have more connectivity working against us,” he said.More spending on global health could avert such a crisis, but a dip in public-health spending could hasten catastrophe.The more the country acts on an “America First” doctrine, and the less government money goes into global health, the more threatening that worst-case scenario becomes.

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