New York: Another pandemic worse than coronavirus is on the horizon, and the world is not prepared for it, warns Warren Buffett, a millionaire investor based in the United States. At the time, Buffett also mentioned the threat posed by nuclear, chemical, biological and cyberattacks. The millionaire investor went on to say that even though we have some idea about the dangers and potential of these attacks, the same cannot be said about the next pandemic.
The coronavirus is still raging throughout the world and has caused the deaths of 4 million people. Newer strains of the Covid-19 virus are emerging, and thus the pandemic is intensifying. While many countries face the second and third waves, there are fears of a fourth wave of the coronavirus arriving. Even as the world deals with the dire consequences of the virus, various experts, analysts, political leaders, and entrepreneurs are consistently raising the alarm about other potential pandemics, which may be far deadlier and have more far-reaching effects than coronavirus.
Warren Buffett’s remarks are another warning of the sort. Buffett made the statements during an interview with news channel CNBC. ‘We may get information on a pandemic which is similar to the coronavirus. However, the situation arising as a result of the coronavirus is not the worst you can imagine. Another pandemic worse than the present one is on the horizon, and it doesn’t seem like it’s something that society is fully prepared to deal with,’ Buffett said.
The billionaire investor underscored that the coronavirus pandemic was far from over and characterised by uncertainty. Buffett said the coronavirus had an impact on the economy. Further, he noted that thousands of small businesses had been hit hard during the pandemic. Before Warren Buffett, WHO chief Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had also issued warnings of a new pandemic.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus had given a severe warning. ‘A virus more deadly and infectious than coronavirus may emerge. It could lead to another pandemic spreading across the world,’ WHO chief Ghebreyesus had said. On the other hand, UK Prime Minister Johnson had said a new pandemic might hit the world in the next decade.
Meanwhile, the French government has cautioned that the fourth wave of coronavirus may arrive. ‘The number of patients has been rising over the last week. The Delta variant now accounts for over thirty per cent of new infections. Therefore, the fourth wave of coronavirus could hit France by the end of July,’ French government spokesman Gabriel Atal said.