Bill Gates donates $ 12 million to fund research for a universal flu vaccine.
The billionaire spoke on Friday at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Society of Medicine in Boston, where he announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is partnering with Google co-founder and alphabet CEO Larry Page and his wife Lucy Page about research the vaccine, Quartz reported.
"To further extend our efforts, today, in partnership with the Page family, we are launching a $ 12 million Grand Challenge to accelerate the development of a universal flu vaccine," said Gates in his remarks. "The goal is to encourage brave thinking from the world's best scientists in all disciplines, including those new to the field."
One hundred years ago, the 1
918 Spanish flu epidemic killed 50 million people worldwide, Gates said, estimating that an outbreak of the same magnitude would kill 30 million people in six months.