GET INVOLVED | Gates, Other Charities Pledge $125 Million Towards COVID-19 Treatments

CHICAGO – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and two other large  charities on Tuesday pledge up to $125 million to help speed the development of treatments for the fast-spreading coronavirus, which the World Health Organization said on Monday was nearing pandemic proportions.

The effort, known as the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, will focus on new and repurposed drugs that can be used right away to treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus and possibly other viruses in the future.

The money is intended to ensure that treatments for the virus will be available in poor countries and affordable for individuals.

Currently, no antiviral drugs or other immune system treatments have been approved to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

The Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust Medical Chiarity are each contributing up to $50 million, and the Mastercard Impact Fund has committed up to $25 million for initial projects.

The Gates Foundation’s funding is part of its $100 million commitment to the COVID-19 response announced last month.

‘Viruses like COVID-19 spread rapidly, but the development of vaccines and treatments to stop them moves slowly’, Mark Suzman, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in a statement.

‘If we want to make the world safe from outbreak like COVID-19, particularly for those most vulnerable, then we need to find a way to make research and development move faster. That requires governments, private enterprise, and philanthropic organizations to act quickly to fund research and development’.


FASHION | Haute Couture Fashion Week Has Been Cancelled In Light Of The Covid-19 Pandemic

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Those hoping for a return to fashion normalcy later this year will have to wait a little longer. French fashion’s governing body, the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, has officially cancelled the upcoming men’s and couture fashion weeks. The spring/summer 2021 men’s shows were originally scheduled for … Continue reading FASHION | Haute Couture Fashion Week Has Been Cancelled In Light Of The Covid-19 Pandemic

ROYALS | Meghan Markle Narrating Elephant Documentary On Diseny+

The Duchess of Sussex has narrated an upcoming documentary about elephants, titled ‘Elephant’,  for Disney’s streaming service, Disney +, and it becomes available watch on April 3. ‘Disneynature’s Elephant, an Original Movie narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, starts streaming April 3, only #DisneyPlus’, the medica company announced on Thursday. Her job corner just … Continue reading ROYALS | Meghan Markle Narrating Elephant Documentary On Diseny+

BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT | These Are Our Favorite Apps For Exercising At Home If You Can’t Get To A Gym

As coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread, many of us are finding ourselves indoors and with limited or no access to local gyms. But, we still need to workout to stay healthy. There are plenty of apps available that can help you do that, either for free or through subscriptions. That means you don’t have to … Continue reading BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT | These Are Our Favorite Apps For Exercising At Home If You Can’t Get To A Gym

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Postponed Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic

France’s renowned Canned Film Festival has been postponed. Organizers of cinema’s largest annual gathering, scheduled to take place May 12-23, said Thursday that they are considering moving the festical to the end of June or the beginning of July. ‘As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Postponed Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia Is Launching An Art Residency Programme For Emerging Artists

Jeddah Historical District will soon be home  to Art Residency Albalad, a six-week-long programme for which seven participants have been sought out, marking the pilot of a five-cycle-long initiative announced by the Saudi Ministry of Culture. The final shortlist of applicants will be carved down to five artists, one writer and one curator. The pilor … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia Is Launching An Art Residency Programme For Emerging Artists

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