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It’s always fun to talk to someone who loves books and learning as much as I do! Thanks, @ArielBissett, for asking great questions about such an important topic and to @RotmanSchool and @Indigo for hosting the conversation.

For decades, Australian researcher Ruth Bishop led global efforts to combat rotavirus. Her discovery of the disease helped pave the way for the development of several rotavirus vaccines and the delivery of these and other lifesaving vaccines to the world’s poorest countries. During our current pandemic, Ruth’s life is a reminder of the importance of scientific research to uncover unknown pathogens and the power of vaccines to prevent suffering and save lives.

I love talking to @DaxShepard and @mlpadman. Thank you @chihumanities for hosting my Chicago book event, and thanks to everyone who joined our conversation about climate change.

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When I talk to people about climate change, I almost always get asked the same question: What can I do to help? Here are some actions you can take to move us closer to a zero-carbon future.

Thank you for the fantastic conversation about climate change at my virtual book event, @SavannahGuthrie! And thanks to @HarvardBookstore for hosting us.

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I wrote How to Avoid a Climate Disaster because we’re at a crucial moment in time. My new book (link in bio) outlines a series of steps we can take reach zero emissions.

I had a great time asking and answering more big questions with @rashidajones and everyone who joined our (virtual) climate book talk hosted by DC’s @sixthandi.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster is available now. I hope you’ll check out the book, but more importantly, I hope you’ll do what you can to help keep the planet livable for generations to come.

I enjoyed spending time with @andersoncooper recently in Seattle. We talked about why I’m optimistic that the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions and avoid a climate disaster.

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When it comes to preventing pandemics, scientific tools alone aren’t enough. We also need new capabilities, including a global alert system and infectious disease first responders.

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COVID-19 has cost lives, sickened millions, and thrust the global economy into a devastating recession. But hope is on the horizon.

Just as World War II was the defining event for my parents’ generation, the COVID-19 pandemic will define the generations living through it right now. In our new Annual Letter (link in bio), @melindafrenchgates and I talk about how we hope the experience we’ve all lived through over the last year will lead to a long-term change in the way people think about global health.

One of the benefits of being 65 is that I’m eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. I got my first dose this week, and I feel great. Thank you to all of the scientists, trial participants, regulators, and frontline healthcare workers who got us to this point.

@yuval_noah_harari is one of my favorite authors. In this week’s podcast, @RashidaJones and I talk to him about why humanity is so willing to believe falsehoods and what these lies tell us about ourselves—both as individuals and as a society.

Twenty-five years ago, I published my first book, The Road Ahead. At the time, people were wondering where digital technology was headed and how it would affect our lives, and I wanted to share my thoughts—and my enthusiasm. I had fun making some predictions about breakthroughs in computing, and especially the Internet, that were coming in the next couple of decades. You can find out what I got right and what I got wrong at the link in my bio.

In the second episode of our podcast, @RashidaJones and I ask a big question that has never felt more urgent: is inequality inevitable? We spoke with Compton mayor @Ajalbrown and Harvard economist Raj Chetty about what it’ll take to build a more equal society.

Nearly forty million people around the world have Alzheimer’s or dementia today. I lost my dad to Alzheimer’s two months ago, and I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone. With a coalition of partners, we’re launching the Alzheimer’s Disease Data Initiative, or ADDI. My hope is that the data-sharing facilitated by our partnership will move us closer to a world where no one has to watch someone they love suffer from this awful disease. Learn more at the link in my bio.

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I’m teaming up with @rashidajones for a new podcast limited series starting Monday. Each week, we’ll talk about some of the biggest issues facing our world with special guests including authors, experts, and friends. Learn more at the link in my bio.

Thinking about my dad—and all veterans—today. I’m thankful for their service and sacrifice.

It’s inspiring to see so much passion these days for dealing with climate change, and to know that the world has set some ambitious goals for solving it. What we need now are practical plans to reach those goals. I’ve been working for some time on a book about what we need to do over the next decade to avoid a climate disaster. I’m excited that it will be published on February 16 (link in bio).

My father’s death is a tremendous loss for our family and the many people whose lives he touched. Dad lived a long and enormously meaningful life. I never stopped learning from his wisdom, kindness, and humility. Melinda and I owe him a special debt because his commitment to serving the community and the world helped inspire our own philanthropy. Although he would be the last person to say it, my father’s compassion and generosity will live on in the foundation he helped build. As I’ve said many times before, my dad was the real Bill Gates. He was all the things I strive to be.

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Thank you to the heroes everywhere working to keep us safe. I hope their stories inspire you just as much as they have me.

These heroes represent the best of who we can be. Their efforts to solve the world’s challenges demonstrate our values as a society and they serve as powerful examples of how to make a positive difference in the world.

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A new program called Exemplars in Global Health could put us on the path to true health equity around the world.

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Happy 90th birthday, Warren!

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Mosquito City is home to the world’s largest captive colony of mosquitoes. Ifakara Health Institute is doing fascinating research there about mosquito behaviors and finding ways to outsmart them.

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The West African country of Benin this year launched an innovative program to distribute bed nets, one of the most effective tools to help save lives from malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. Using smartphones, real time data collection, satellite mapping and other surveillance techniques, Benin’s distribution program give health officials the data they need to provide full bed net coverage across the country.

The progress the world has made against malaria is one of the greatest success stories ever. The COVID-19 pandemic only reinforces why eradicating malaria is so essential. #WorldMosquitoDay

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Mosquitoes are out biting every night, infecting millions of people with malaria—a disease that kills a child every other minute of every day.

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Here are five books to read this summer if you want to learn more about pandemics or are looking for a distraction.