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Bill Gates tests positive for coronavirus

Bill Gates, who has donated millions to pandemic relief, tested positive for coronavirus, he said Tuesday.

Mr. Gates, 66, continued Twitter that he isolated himself with mild symptoms and that he was vaccinated and boosted. It was not clear if this was the first time he had been tested positive for coronavirus. He also said he would virtually attend a meeting on Tuesday with people from his fund.

In recent months, Mr. Gates, a co-founder of Microsoft and one of the richest men in the world, focused his significant resources on the pandemic. He published a book last week called “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic,” in which he explains how countries could implement a coordinated effort to avert pandemics and “eliminate all respiratory diseases.”

He has been candid 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 testing, treatments and vaccine distribution. (The Gateses divorced last year, but both still expressed commitment to the fund.)

In January, Mr. Gates further Twitter that “when Omicron goes through a country”, the virus can be treated “more like seasonal flu.”

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