Gates Foundation make sits largest ever pledge to a humanitarian crisis to help fight against deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will spend $50 million – on top of $10 million already committed – to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, marking the group’s largest donation to a humanitarian effort.
“It became clear to us over the last 7 to 10 days that the pace and scope of the epidemic was increasing significantly,” Chris Elias, president of global development for the world’s largest charitable foundation, said.
The Seattle-based foundation said the money will go to the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and international organisations involved in fighting transmission of the virus.
The money will be used to purchase supplies and to develop vaccines, therapies and better diagnostic tools. The foundation wants to help stop the outbreak as well as accelerate development treatments and improve prevention.
Mr Elias said they have been talking to the foundation’s partners around the world to assess the best use of its dollars and could not say yet how much would be spent on the emergency response and how much on research and development.