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China's Xi writes thank you note to Bill Gates for $100 mil virus pledge

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Nice gesture. So that's like me giving a dollar to the Red Cross.

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The Gates Foundation brings business-like expectations for results when they give to any organization.

They call themselves data-driven optimists. It isn't about a tax deduction alone. It is about real results.

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The very same foundation who instigated the research on this virus Gates Foundation via the UK and held a private "pandemic" roundtable exercise back in late November. Give us a break Bill you need to pay more.

Folks Business Insider a reputable source as well Singer/Routers reports: Chinese researchers have confirmed a case of asymptomatic transmission of the new coronavirus: A 20-year-old woman from Wuhan passed it to five of her family members but never got physically sick herself. The case study is the first concrete evidence that a person showing no symptoms can pass the coronavirus to others — a fact that could make curbing the outbreak even more challenging. 

The researchers behind the finding said the 20-year-old woman was isolated and closely observed at the Fifth People's Hospital of Anyang. She never become physically ill, even after her family members developed fevers. Two of them got severe pneumonia.

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Fine gesture. Health is wealth. Saving life is a noble mission.

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Great for tax deductions.

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The Gates plan to give away eventually most of their wealth for their causes

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The man’s got a heart..Mr. Xi.

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I hope the money is going to actual research & not to the Chinese government

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Where did the money go? To China?

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Xi Jinping had a little cosmetic work apparently, from the picture;)=

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The richest man and the most powerful one on stage.

Both of them deciding what is good or bad.

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Bravo!

This virus is indeed frightening, and has the potential to devastate the global human population. The closest thing to which to compare it would perhaps be the viral outbreak of 1918-19. About one fifth of the world's population became infected, and about one fifth of those who became infected died. In all, about 4% of all humans died. If something like that happened today it would mean 1.6 billion getting sick, and over 300 million dying.

The article states that part of $20 million may go to the American Center for Disease Control. The Trump tax plan to cut over a trillion dollars in taxes for billionaires over the next ten years will result in the cutting of the CDC's budget by over a billion dollars in that same time frame. Gates' contribution to the CDC pales in comparison to the Draconian cuts to its budget from "MAGA" Trump.

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@1gglenn

Simple question: are you hoping that this new coronavirus is to be so bad?

What is your motivation to scare people?

Can you manage your emotion in normal situation?

Keep calm and wash you hands.

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The more I read about what is going on within China, the more I think back upon History, and wonder whether Premier Xi is following "Hitler's" Footsteps.

Purification of the Homeland, Eradication of its Foreign enemies, etc

I would not be surprised if China becomes the focus - rather than North Korea, of Nato's attention.

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The WHO is cow-tieing to China, basically to get access to limited information from the Chinese Government. At present the WHO is looking like puppets, playing the pipers tune. They could not see the obvious, before it struck them in the face, they even denied it then... they are showing that they are an obsolete, outdated, money train for their own high-ranking individuals, organization.... they need to be restructured under a more powerful UN mandate, which is agreed upon by all Nations... objectors should be put on the spot and asked to question why, and if their objections cant be justified then they should be ejected from the UN (period), their nationals should then consider relocating under refugee status.

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Bill Gates, thank you for your actions, though.... the CCP already has the cure- so you're throwing good money after bad. Focus upon those infected in the US first rather than China please.

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I guess none of you recall the 1957-58 Asian flu pandemic:

"Asian flu: A pandemic of influenza A (H2N2) in 1957-58. First identified in China in late February 1957, the Asian flu spread to the United States by June 1957 where it caused about 70,000 deaths. Also known as Asian influenza."

I caught this virus as a teenager. There were no medications except aspirin. Still, as a healthy young fellow I was fine after three weeks. I recall getting out of bed, feeling quite dizzy, and just going back to bed. Still, a good immune system dealt with it quite well. No massive fear, and an attentive mother to take care of my needs.

I'm 80 now and still doing quite well. So, stay healthy, exercise, eat well and get plenty of sleep. And above all don't over react.

Also, I was the only one in my family of 5 who was infected. No idea where or how. We never worried about such things. The news these days does cause quite a bit of paranoia.

Bill

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I hope gates has some control over how this money is spent... As clearly China can choose to just "print" money if the occassion calls for. Not to say this isn't a good gesture.

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I hope gates has some control over how this money is spent... As clearly China can choose to just "print" money if the occassion calls for. Not to say this isn't a good gesture.

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I wonder if Trump will also donate $100 million of his own money to fighting this virus.

He could use the Trump charity to do it, continuing all the good work and donations they've done over the years.

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It is a nice gesture. But in reality it's like an average wage earner giving about $100.

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The Gates did it out of concern and compassion for humanity. A letter of "thanks" from Xi means nothing... now if the people of China (your average everyday citizen) signed the letter of thanks written by one of their own, it would be infinitely more valuable than any pathetic posing by the CCP because the Gates would know it's from the heart.

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Today  02:20 am JST

I wonder if Trump will also donate $100 million of his own money to fighting this virus.

He could use the Trump charity to do it, continuing all the good work and donations they've done over the years.

Your comment is a joke right? The only person benefiting from a so called trump charity is Trump.

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Gates did somerhing nice and Xi said thanks as the representative of China.

Yet people have tried to make lesser both of those gestures.

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Yet people have tried to make lesser both of those gestures.

Gates is a . . . yuck, liberal and a i is a commie. Those facts make anything these two do lesser.

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I hope the money is going to actual research & not to the Chinese government.

Probably the latter.

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Gates money so the Gate get to decide how they pend it. They must have been quite certain it will be use for research. The amount of the donation cannot be measured by their total wealth which they are donating to causes they support. If all the rich people followed suit.

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The Gates Foundation is about doing the most cost effective things to save lives around the world. A life in a very poor country has just as much weight as a life in a rich country.

Sometimes the foundation pays for vacinations, sometimes for mosquito nets and sometimes for training of local people who provide front-line health care.

They also look at problem trends and try to address future problems while still small. Population growth in the poorest African countries is one of their concerns. Just a few decades ago, 1/3rd of the people on Earth were living below poverty levels. In 2018, it was under 10%.

The Gate's don't just donate cash to causes. They follow up, bring data analytics, try to do it better, faster, cheaper to solve the issue for the entire world in a way that can be copied.

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