The founder of Microsoft and business magnate Bill Gates has pledged a whopping $100 million to help develop a vaccine for the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.
The dangerous virus which started in Wuhan in China has thus far claimed 565 lives with over 28,262 contracting the virus. The virus is spreading at a ridiculous pace with lots of countries including the U.K now evacuating their citizens from China.
The coronavirus has become an issue of global concern as it continues to permeate countries taking lots of lives away.
Countries that have so far confirmed cases of the new coronavirus include China (20,438), Canada (4), France (6), Finland (1), Germany (12), India (6), Japan (33), Italy (2), Australia (14), Malaysia (12), Belgium (1), Nepal (1), The Philippines (3), Russia (2), Cambodia (1), Singapore (28), South Korea (19), Spain (1), Sri Lanka (1), Sweden (1), Taiwan (11), Thailand (25), UAE (5) and the U.K (2).
The philanthropist backed by his wife Melinda Gates are giving out this mammoth amount through the GatesFoundation in a bid to help develop a vaccine as soon as possible to help eradicate or perhaps reduce the spread of this deadly virus and to bring it under control.
This move was confirmed through a recent tweet by the GatesFoundation which read “We’re committing up to $100 million for the global response to the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak”.
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, the viruses cause respiratory infections- including the common cold, which are typically mild.