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"Bill Gates Is Donating $12 Million To Help Develop A Universal Flu Vaccine" - Katherine Ellen Foley

  • Quartz
  • New York, NY
  • (April 27, 2018)

Massive epidemics are nothing new: the past 20 years alone saw the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome, H1N1, Ebola, and Zika. Despite the fact that outbreaks occur fairly regularly, we’ve almost never been ready when they’ve arrived. To combat these threats, Bill Gates announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is partnering with Lucy and Larry Page to establish a $12 million fund for researchers working on a universal flu vaccine. The Gates Foundation is already working towards a universal flu vaccine in partnership with other organization including the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, GlaxoSmithKline, and PATH, a global health nonprofit. So far, these efforts have no led to a breakthrough yet, although there are some clinical trials expected to begin soon.

- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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