The coronavirus pandemic is getting the ‘total attention’ of the Gates Foundation

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates expects his foundation to work “almost entirely” on the coronavirus pandemic in the near future, the Financial Times reported. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has a $40 billion endowment, and has worked on HIV and malaria and polio eradication. But Gates said the foundation has shifted much of that focus to work on the coronavirus.

“This has the foundation’s total attention,” Gates told the FT. “Even our non-health related work, like higher education and K-12 [schools], is completely switched around to look at how you facilitate online learning.” A Gates Foundation spokesperson said in a statement emailed to The Verge that the foundation “remains committed to its core areas of focus including reducing…

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