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Gates Foundation commits $50 million to fight Ebola in West Africa

Gates Foundation commits $50 million to fight Ebola in West Africa

gate foundation With Ebola’s spread reaching a crisis stage in West Africa, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it is committing $50 million to support the emergency response.

The money will go to groups already responding to the epidemic — including U.N. agencies, international organizations and national governments in Ebola-ravaged West Africa — to buy supplies and scale up the response in the hardest-hit countries, according to a statement from the foundation.

“We also want to accelerate the development of treatments, vaccines and diagnostics that can help end this epidemic and prevent future outbreaks,” Sue Desmond-Hellmann, the foundation’s chief executive, said in a statement.

To put the foundation’s pledge into perspective, the U.S. government has spent just over twice that amount in the region since the outbreak began.

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The Gates Foundation has already committed more than $10 million of the $50 million to the Ebola response effort. An additional $2 million from the foundation will go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “to support incident management, treatment and health care system management.”

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