Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Donate $25M to CDC Foundation to Fight Ebola

By David Cohen 

AttentionEbola650The Ebola epidemic has been at the top of the news in recent weeks, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Foundation now has $25 million more in its coffers to fight the deadly disease, courtesy of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.

Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Tuesday:

Priscilla and I are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola.

The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly, and projections suggest that it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.

We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long-term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.

We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.

Grants like this directly help the front-line responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more.

We are hopeful that this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control.

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