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Gates Foundation commits another $50 million to fight Ebola in West Africa
The Washington Post

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 United Nations 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,” Gates Foundation chief executive Sue Desmond-Hellmann said in a statement.

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