Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Pledges $100 Million to Ebola Fight

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Pledges $100 Million to Ebola Fight

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen said Thursday he was boosting his donations to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to $100 million.

Allen, who has made earlier donations to the health effort, said his latest pledge would include funding the development and manufacture of two medevac containment units to allow the US State Department to evacuate medical professionals from hard-hit West Africa.

Allen will also donate to the World Health Organization “to increase its capacity to coordinate the logistics required to transport international aid workers,” according to a statement.

Allen said individuals, corporate donors and others should do their part to contain the threat from the disease.

Allen, who also is an owner of several sports franchises, is the latest member of the tech community to pledge funding to fight the deadly disease.

He has previously donated at least $15 million, according to US media.

Gates, through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has offered $50 million to fight Ebola, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have offered $25 million.

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