Bill Gates is known as a huge Philanthropist for his many generous donations to so many worldly causes especially in Africa. Once again he doesn’t disappoint by making a huge donation toward the cure for the Ebola Virus. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is donating $5.7 million to help with the production of the treatments for the project in Guinea and other Ebola-affected countries in Africa. Multiple companies, universities and many more are contributing supplies, staff and cash toward this cause. Besides helping Ebola patients now, plasma “could be a tool for a future epidemic as well” from different viruses, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said in an interview with The Associated Press. “You might not have drugs and vaccines for some new thing” and it would be good to have capabilities in place to collect and give plasma to fill the gap until those other tools can be developed, he said.
There are no drugs or vaccines approved now for Ebola, which has killed about 5,000 people this year in West Africa, most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Doctors Without Borders last week also said it would host studies of experimental treatments and plasma at three of its West Africa treatment centers.
Two drugs will be tested which are brincidofovir, an antiviral medicine that has been tried in a few Ebola cases so far. Its maker, North Carolina-based Chimerix, developed it to treat other types of viruses and lab tests suggest it might fight Ebola.