Bill Gates, who has donated millions to pandemic relief efforts, has tested positive for the coronavirus, he said Tuesday.
Gates, 66, said the Twitter that he was isolated with mild symptoms and that he was vaccinated and reinforced. It was unclear if this was the first time he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He also said that he would participate virtually in a meeting on Tuesday with people from his foundation.
In recent months, Gates, a Microsoft co-founder and one of the world’s richest men, has focused his considerable resources on the pandemic. He published a book last week called “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic,” in which he explains how countries could make a coordinated effort to prevent pandemics and “eliminate all respiratory diseases.”
He has been outspoken about how global health authorities should respond to the pandemic and distribute vaccines. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said it has donated millions to organizations including Gavi and the World Health Organization to fund vaccine testing, treatment and distribution. (The Gateses divorced last year, but both expressed an ongoing commitment to the foundation.)
In January, Gates said in Twitter that “once Omicron passes through a country”, the virus could be treated “more like a seasonal flu”.