The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a $10 million commitment to help frontline responders in China and Africa contain the spread of 2019-nCoV, otherwise known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
To that end, the foundation pledged $5 million in support of response efforts in China and is working with public- and private-sector partners to accelerate national and international cooperation in areas of critical need, including efforts to identify and confirm cases, safely isolate and care for infected patients, and develop treatments and vaccines. Current partners include the National Health Commission, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and various research institutes affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen University, and Sinopharm China National Biotec Group.
The foundation also pledged $5 million to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help scale public health measures by African Union member states. The measures include technical support with respect to the screening and treatment of suspected cases, laboratory confirmation of 2019-nCoV diagnoses, and the isolation and care of infected patients.
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