In this week's pick of some our favourite discussions over 2020-2021, we revisit the making of the nation of Nigeria. Its turbulent history has ... plenty to tell us about the current malaise. After all, as the poet Maya Angelou once said: "If you don't know where you have come from, you don't know where you are going."
He wants an army of innovators to tackle the problem.
And beyond the immediate fight, says Gates, we need to look to our institutions as a way to tackle pandemics.
“After World War Two, there was a huge investment made in global institutions”, says Gates. “Not institutions that actually could control things but at least created a forum for cooperation. And you have to say it’s very impressive that since World War Two, there hasn’t been a [war with] nuclear weapons used and the major powers have not gone to war with each other.”
That includes the World Health Organisation, currently under siege by the US administration.
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