Gates Foundation To Contribute $50M To Support West African Ebola Response

News outlets report on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s announcement that it will contribute $50 million to support the emergency response to the West African Ebola outbreak.

BBC News: New money added to emergency response to Ebola outbreak
“More money has been announced to help the emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Gates Foundation is committing $50 million to help step up efforts to tackle the deadly virus in the affected countries…” (Dreaper, 9/10).

CNN: Gates Foundation pledges $50 million to fight Ebola
“…The foundation says the money will be used to enable international aid organizations and national governments ‘to purchase badly needed supplies and scale up emergency operations in affected countries’…” (Wilson/Christensen, 9/10).

New York Times: Gates Foundation Pledges $50 Million to Fight Ebola
“…The new money will be available for emergency operations and to help develop drugs, diagnostics or vaccines, said Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, the foundation’s chief executive officer. The Gates Foundation — the world’s richest — is stepping forward because it can make cash available immediately…” (McNeil, 9/10).

Reuters: Gates Foundations pledges $50 mln to fight Ebola epidemic
“…The U.S.-based philanthropic foundation said it would release funds immediately to U.N. agencies and international organizations to help them buy supplies and scale up the emergency response in affected countries. It will also work with public and private sector partners to speed up to development of drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics that could be effective in treating Ebola patients and preventing further spread of the hemorrhagic fever-causing virus…” (Kelland, 9/10).

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