Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Tuesday that they have committed $25 million to help address the Ebola epidemic.
"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," Zuckerberg said in an announcement on Facebook. "We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome."
Zuckerberg and Chan are making their donation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation through their donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View, said Sue McAllister, the foundation's marketing director.
The donation was made to the CDC Foundation's Global Disaster Response Fund, which is providing essential materials and assistance to advance the response to the Ebola epidemic, according to its website.
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