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26 Jan 2020

Africa Times

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commits emergency $10m to help Africa and China to fight coronavirus

"Gates Foundation commits emergency $5m for Africa CDC to fight coronavirus", 27 January 2020

As the African continent speeds up its response to the coronavirus spreading from China, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Sunday a $10 million commitment in emergency funds and additional tech support to help responders in China and Africa contain the spread of 2019-nCoV.

Half is going to China, while the other half “will assist the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in scaling up public health measures against 2019-nCoV among African Union member states,” the foundation said.

“These measures will include technical support to implement the screening and treatment of suspected cases, laboratory confirmation of 2019-nCoV diagnoses and the safe isolation and care of identified cases.”

Although no cases are confirmed in African nations, health officials in Côte d’Ivoire said Sunday that they are investigating a suspected case in a student arriving in Abidjan from Wuhan...

“Africa is at high risk for the spread of the (virus) due to the large volume of air traffic between China and the continent,” said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa CDC. “We are working closely with WHO, Africa’s National Public Health Institutes network, multiple partners and donors to coordinate efforts.”