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The globe is overwhelmed with coronavirus cases and other priorities have been shuffled. Even though pollution and emissions have dropped, many people have stopped focusing on Climate change response.

Bill Gates shared that he thinks efforts to help the coronavirus pandemic will ultimately help with Climate change. Gates, the founder of Microsoft and noted philanthropist, has done extensive work in both disease eradication and Climate change.

In a live-streamed conversation with TED’s Chris Anderson, Gates‘ shared his thoughts. “That idea of innovation and science and the world working together — that is totally common between these two problems, and so I don’t think this has to be a huge set back for climate,” he told Anderson.

Much of the coronavirus response is scientists, politicians and government officials using data for decision making. Gates hopes the same cooperation carries over to Climate change, “In the science side and data sharing side, you see this great cooperation going on.”

According to CNBC, Gates announced in February that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would contribute up to $100 million to help the pandemic. Gates remains optimistic about scientists work on the pandemic.

″[T]he amount of innovation, the way we can connect up and work together. Yes, I’m super positive about that. I love my work because I see progress on all these diseases all the time. Now we have to turn an focus on this…. but you know the message for me — although it’s very sober when we’re dealing with this epidemic — you know I’m very positive that this should draw us together. We will get out of this and then we will get ready for the next epidemic,” Gates told Anderson during their conversation.

Watch their full conversation below:

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