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Gates to contribute $50M for Ebola response

October 1, 2014
Bill Gates was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the Gates Foundation’s contribution of $50 million to support emergency response to Ebola.

Mr. Gates responded to criticism that the U.S. was initially slow to properly address the African crisis. He noted that it would be virtually impossible to respond much quicker to the unprecedented scale of the outbreak. He did call upon other countries to step up and dedicate resources as well.

The most recent continuing resolution passed by Congress in early September of this year, dedicated substantial provisions to address the Ebola crisis, including additional funding to accelerate HHS research on Ebola therapies, and additional funding for the Centers for Disease Control’s response to the growing outbreak in Africa.

At next week’s BIO Investor Forum, Tekmira’s President and CEO, Mark Murray will discuss how the biotechnology industry has accelerated its response in the face of this year’s record setting Ebola outbreak. Tekmira is a leading company in the development of Ebola therapy, and just recently developed a regulatory framework and treatment protocol that will permit their Ebola drug, TKM-Ebola, to be used in infected patients under the terms of expanded access.

If you are interested in learning more about the Ebola Update, you can register here. Media registration for credentialed members of the press is available here.

Ebola Update: A Conversation with Tekmira’s President and CEO, Mark Murray, PhD
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | 12:10 – 12:30 p.m.