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Bill Gates sees big pandemic-fighting role for South Korea

Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist says country can have 'incredible impact'

Bill Gates says South Korea can make an important contribution in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Billionaire business owner and philanthropist Bill Gates, in an address to South Korea's legislature, on Tuesday expressed hope that the country can make a big contribution to global efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic and prevent future ones.

"This is a crisis moment for global health," Gates said in a speech to the National Assembly. "So this is also a fantastic time for our foundation to strengthen the partnership with [South] Korea, providing great ideas for new tools and more resources to help those most in need. We need to end this pandemic and prevent this from happening again."

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