In a statement by the foundation, the funds would be used to help find a vaccine for the virus, limit its spread and improve the detection and treatment of patients. The new donation total includes $10 million the foundation had previously pledged.
The organization will immediately direct $20 million to groups including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, which last week declared the coronavirus outbreak a global public health emergency.
Funding will also be allocated to public health agencies in China and other countries affected by the outbreak.
The foundation is also focusing on countries in South Asia and Africa, where it says people have higher risks of contamination due to a lack of access to good health care. Up to $20 million will go to health authorities in these regions.
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