The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation just announced an additional $250 million commitment to strengthen efforts in the global fight to end the coronavirus pandemic. This brings the foundation’s total funding to the Covid-19 response to $1.75 billion, with the latest $250 million representing the largest single pledge aimed at the pandemic.
The new investment comes at a critical time. The scope of the devastation around the world has become more acute in recent weeks, with a surge to 69 million global cases and over 1.5 million deaths—including 15 million U.S. cases with nearly 290,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
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