Bill Gates says the novel Corona-virus is a ‘once-in-a-century pathogen

Bill Gates says the novel Corona-virus is a ‘once-in-a-century pathogen.’ The Gates Foundation just joined Welcome and MasterCard in committing $125 million to find new treatments for it.

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Bill and Melinda Gates head up the Gates Foundation. 
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  • The Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard are committing $125 million in funding to companies developing treatments for the novel coronavirus.
  • The organizations said Tuesday that the funding would be used for a COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator “to speed-up the response to the COVID-19 epidemic by identifying, assessing, developing, and scaling-up treatments.”
  • Bill Gates has been sounding the alarm on the COVID-19 coronavirus, calling it a “pandemic,” though the World Health Organization has yet to give it that distinction.

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