Gates Foundation Gives $50M to Ebola Fight

Money will pay for supplies, diagnostics, drugs
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser User
Posted Sep 10, 2014 11:01 AM CDT
Health workers in protective gear leave after carrying the body of a woman they suspect died from the Ebola virus, in an area known as Clara Town in Monrovia, Liberia.   (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)
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(Newser) – The fight to curtail the Ebola epidemic has more support—$50 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to finance supplies, drug and vaccine development, and diagnostics, as well as bolster emergency response, Reuters reports. "We are working urgently with our partners to identify the most effective ways to help them save lives now and stop transmission of this deadly disease," says the foundation's CEO. Another $2 million will go to the CDC for treatment and incident management and to strengthen health care systems. The foundation has already devoted $10 million to fight the disease: $5 million to WHO and $5 million to the US Fund for UNICEF.

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