You Will Be Relieved to Know Bill and Melinda Gates Have Been Building a Food Stockpile in Their Basement for Years
Melinda reassures the BBC the $100 billion couple will not go hungry in the global lockdown they campaigned for. — Whoosh! A worry off of our minds!
Melinda Gates said in an interview with BBC Radio on Thursday that she and her husband, Bill, had been storing food in their basements for years in anticipation of a pandemic or other disaster.
“A number of years ago, we had talked about, you know, what if there wasn’t clean water? What if there wasn’t enough food? Where might we go? What might we do as a family?” she said on the radio show. “So I think we should leave those preparations to ourselves. But absolutely we had prepared and had, you know, some food in the basement in case.”
The only thing they did not prepare, however, was the vaccine or a treatment for the virus that would cause a pandemic, though she acknowledged her and her family’s privilege when it comes to dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.
“What we mostly talk about now in our home every night is how lucky we are,” she continued. “We understand our privilege. And when we say our grace at night [Read: As we plot to keep you locked up and destroy your jobs.], what we’re thankful for, around the table, is that we aren’t struggling to put a meal on the table as so many families around the world are.”
Business Insider’s Debanjali Bose previously reported that [the heavily into Big Pharma] Bill Gates has been warning about a pandemic for years, saying in a 2015 TED Talk that the world wasn’t “ready for the next epidemic” and repeating the sentiment in a 2017 op-ed article for Business Insider, where he wrote that the next epidemic could be “a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu.”
The Microsoft cofounder has been outspoken during the coronavirus pandemic, telling the Financial Times in early April that it would be the “biggest event” of most people’s lifetimes. He has been suggesting actions countries could take to help keep track of the virus, including creating an international database to share information with one another.
On Wednesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it would provide $150 million in funding to help deploy additional medical supplies and to help scientists discover treatments and a vaccine for the virus. The foundation has donated a total of $250 million to aid global coronavirus response efforts.
Source: Business Insider