‘Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Melinda Gates said she and her husband, Bill Gates, have been talking about the possibility of a pandemic like coronavirus for years and had prepared for the eventuality of having to move from their home. She said the family has been storing food in their basement in the event of food shortages but that, as anybody else in the world right now, they could not prepare themselves with medicines or vaccines.
She said: “A number of years ago we had talked about, you know, what if there wasn’t coal water, what if there wasn’t enough food, where might we go and what might we do as a family?
“So I think we should leave those preparations for ourselves, but absolutely, we prepared and had some food in the basement in case needed.
“And now we’re all in the same situation. There are no tools, there was nothing we could do specifically to prepare ourselves with a particular drug or vaccine.
“This is a disease we’re all in together.
“And what we mostly talk about now in our home every night is how lucky we are, we understand our privilege, and when we say our grace at night, what we’re thankful for around the table, is that we aren’t struggling to put a meal on the table as so many families around the world are.”