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Ebola: Mark Zuckerberg donates $25 million to help fight disease

Social media giant – Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, along with his wife (Priscilla Chan) is donating $25 million (N4bn) to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola epidemic.

The 30-year-old billionaire made the announcement yesterday (October 14) in a Facebook post, which read:

“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 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.”

The donation will go to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola response effort in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and in other spots in the world where Ebola is a threat, the foundation said yesterday (October 14).

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