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Microsoft founder Bill Gates tests positive for COVID-19

Microsoft founder Bill Gates tests positive for COVID-19
Bill Gates announced the diagnosis on Twitter, saying that he was experiencing mild symptoms and would be isolating per experts' advice until he recovered. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

May 11 (UPI) -- Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates said on Tuesday that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Gates announced the diagnosis on Twitter, saying that he was experiencing mild symptoms and would be isolating per experts' advice until he recovered.

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"I'm fortunate to be vaccinated and boosted and have access to testing and great medical care," he wrote.

The 66-year-old said the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was to meet Tuesday for the first time in two years and thanked its members for their hard work.

"We will continue working with partners and do all we can to ensure none of us have to deal with a pandemic again," he said.

Gates' announcement followed the publication of his book How to Prevent the Next Pandemic earlier this month, in which he argues that COVID-19 could be the last pandemic if the world would make the requisite key investments.

Gates was involved in the effort to make coronavirus vaccines available worldwide as his foundation is a founding partner of GAVI, a participant in the World Health Organization's COVAX initiative that aims to accelerate development and deliveries of vaccines to poorer countries.

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According to its website, COVAX has shipped more than 1.4 billion vaccine doses to more than 145 countries and territories.

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