Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC help fight the Ebola epidemic.
He says the epidemic is at a “critical turning point” in a Facebook post.
“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,” he wrote. “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,” he continued. “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.”
The donation will go to the CDC centers in the affected countries such as Sierra Leone and Syria.