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Bill Gates Leaves Microsoft's Board

Bill Gates is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation since 1975, and during his career at Microsoft, he held the positions of chairman, CEO, president, and chief software architect. Since 1987, he was included in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest documented individuals, and from 1995 to 2017, he held the Forbes title of the wealthiest person in the world but was surpassed by Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos.

Late on Friday, March 13, 2020, Bill Gates, said he would leave Microsoft's board to devote more time to his charitable foundation, which he claims is playing a pivotal role in global health initiatives and expanding into new areas such as climate change. Gates has announced on his Linkedin post titled "Focusing My Time" that he will remain a technical adviser to the company focusing on more "philanthropic priorities" such as global health, education, and climate change. Bill Gates is additionally stepping down from the Board of Berkshire Hathaway, the investment company set up by Warren Buffet.

Along stepping down from his position, Gates has decided to invest more of his time into charities, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The aforementioned charitable foundation is partnered with The John Hopkins Center for Health Security and the World Economic Forum, which hosted Event 201. Event 201 is a high-level pandemic exercise that took place on October 18, 2019, in New York.

The organizers of the event claim that the world has seen a growing number of epidemic events, amounting to approximately 200 events on an annual basis and that a severe pandemic becomes "Event 201," and would require global cooperation amongst several industries, including national governments.

On January 24, 2020, The Center for Health Security released a statement, as they had received multiple inquiries about whether the pandemic exercise predicted the coronavirus outbreak in China. In their statement, they declare that they did not make a prediction during their tabletop exercise, but instead "modeled a fictional coronavirus pandemic," and stated it was not a prediction. Instead, they claim the exercise served to highlight preparedness and response challenges that would arise in a severe pandemic, thus insisting that the fictional coronavirus is not similar to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Bill Gate's connections to Event 201, through his charitable foundation and oddly-timed leaving of his position in Microsoft has led some people to believe that there is more to the Coronavirus outbreak than the mainstream media reports.

Elissar Zabaneh

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