Bill and Melinda gates foundation has donated $100 million to coronavirus vaccine research and treatment efforts, responding to the request for $675 million in global contributions to fight the spread of the disease by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom says that the total number of cases have crossed over 24000. WHO believes even with this staggering number of infections, the disease can be contained as the majority of the infections are reported inside China.
WHO intends to use the $675 million in a three-month response plan with $60 million going to its operation and the remaining to at-risk countries with inadept health care systems.“This response should be guided by science, not fear, and it should build on the steps that the World Health Organization has taken to date,” said Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman in a statement.
Speaking at a press conference, WHO Infections Hazards Director Dr Sylvia Briand said that the coronavirus outbreak did not classify as a pandemic, but the organization did declare coronavirus an international public health emergency on January 30, 2020.
The $100 million commitment from the Gates Foundation will be on top on another $10 million they had set aside for the fight against Coronavirus in January. Of that $10 million, $5 million will be going to support responses in China and the rest to Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
A detailed press release from the foundation can be read here.