Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Giving $100M to Combat Ebola Virus

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, arrives at Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World dinner in 2008. (Photo: Stan Honda, AFP/Getty Images)
Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, arrives at Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World dinner in 2008.
(Photo: Stan Honda, AFP/Getty Images)

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he will pledge at least $100 million to help fight the spread of Ebola.

In a statement released through his personal website on Thursday, Allen says the funding will go to the State Department to develop medevac containment units to evacuate health professionals from West Africa.

Allen is also working with the University of Massachusetts Medical School to donate funds to offer training, medical workers and equipment in Liberia, one of the nations hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic.

“The Ebola virus is unlike any health crisis we have ever experienced and needs a response unlike anything we have ever seen,” Allen said in a statement. “To effectively contain this outbreak and prevent it from becoming a global epidemic, we must pool our efforts to raise the funds, coordinate the resources and develop the creative solutions needed to combat this problem.”

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SOURCE: USA Today – Brett Molina

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