Bill Gates discloses that a new pandemic diagnostic micro-computer is being used in Africa

Jano le Roux

Bill Gates discloses a new diagnostic machine that has for a fact been used in Africa. According to a new statement, billionaire Bill Gates is also part of a consortium poised to acquire Mologic, a U.K.-based manufacturer of Covid tests, in an attempt to expand access to “affordable state-of-the-art medical technology” including micro-computers across the globe.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Soros Economic Development Fund announced the launch of Global Access Health (GAH), a new initiative aimed at strengthening the global rollout of life-saving medical technology and the subsequent acquisition of Mologic Ltd, best known today for the deep-nostril technology used to deliver rapid Covid-19 tests. Dengue, bilharzia, and river blindness may all be tested using this technique.

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The rapid so-called lateral flow tests provide an early-warning screening for Covid-19 and have been used to help reopen shops, bars, sporting events, and workplaces around the world by providing an early warning result for people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can spread the virus to others. Before Covid-19 can be formally diagnosed in the United Kingdom, lateral flow Covid tests must be verified by a second test.

According to the announcement, the GAH consortium, which comprises Soros’ and Gates’ charitable organizations, would spend “at least” $41 million in this transaction.

Soros and Gates are among the billionaires who are focusing their philanthropic efforts on the so-called global south, which includes Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania, and which many fear will be left behind as the more affluent West ramps up its vaccination, testing, and biosecurity bubbles in the coming years. The pandemic has “painfully demonstrated the fundamental inequities” in global public health, according to Sean Hinton, the Soros fund’s CEO, who added that this “unique transaction” has brought charitable funds and investors together to solve the problem.

“As we have seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, access to testing is absolutely essential when it comes to containing the spread of contagious disease — an issue that ultimately affects us all,” said Roxana Bonnell, a public health expert from Soros’ Open Society Foundations, which claims to be the world’s largest private funder of human rights and social justice advocacy groups.

The World Health Organization reported a 43 percent week-on-week increase in Covid-19 fatalities in Africa, noting that just 18 million individuals, or 1.5 percent of the continent’s population, are completely vaccinated.

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