The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is doing its part in the fight towards the deadly coronavirus, which has killed over 500 people in mainland China.
The foundation has pledged to donate $100 million USD to help tackle the coronavirus.
The money will help in improving detection, isolation, and treatment efforts for the deadly coronavirus.
The money will protect at-risk populations in Africa and South Asia.
The fund will also be used in accelerating the development of the drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics of the coronavirus.
The foundation, which is operated by Bill and Melinda Gates, the billionaire couple, was started in 2000.
Last month, the couple pledge $20 Million towards the efforts, but as the numbers of the infected people are increasing, the couple decided to help the less fortunate countries.
Mark Suzman, the CEO of the Gates Foundation, said, “Multilateral organizations, national governments, the private sector, and philanthropies must work together to slow the pace of the outbreak, help countries protect their most vulnerable citizens and accelerate the development of the tools to bring this epidemic under control.”
Mark added, “Our hope is that these resources will help catalyze a rapid and effective international response. 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.”
$60 million will be used in diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines of the coronavirus.
$20 million will be goings towards accelerating the detection, isolation, and treatment of the virus and providing technical assistance for front-line responders in the areas that are affected by the virus.
The remaining $20 million will be used in developing prevention systems in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
As of writing this article, the official death toll of the coronavirus in China has become at least 636 and the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 31, 161.