Must-see morning clip: Bill Gates plans to eliminate polio and tuberculosis

The billionaire tells "60 Minutes" that he will spend most of his future working to eradicate human diseases

By Prachi Gupta

Published May 13, 2013 1:06PM (EDT)

Tech billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates plans to devote the next 20 years to the eradication of preventable human diseases. He tells "60 Minutes'" Charlie Rose that he wants to help "the bottom two billion" of the world who live in poverty:

Charlie Rose: Starting with polio?

Bill Gates: Get it done by 2018.

Charlie Rose: Tuberculosis?

Bill Gates: Take probably six or seven years.

Charlie Rose: Malaria?

Bill Gates: Malaria's the one that the tools are being invented now. Fifteen and perhaps even 20 years. But start to really shrink that map.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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