Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has upped his pledge in the fight against expanding Ebola crisis to $100 million, and the Seattle billionaire urged other philanthropists to quickly follow suit.
“Ebola is not somebody else’s problem. It is ours,” Allen wrote on his website this afternoon. “The entire global community needs to step up now with resources that match the speed and scale of this growing outbreak.”
The Seattle Seahawks owner already has given millions of dollars to the American Red Cross and to UNICEF for Ebola relief efforts in West Africa, as well as contributions to existing medical teams and Doctors without Borders, among others.
His increased pledge comes on the heels of major donations from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Allen’s former Microsoft colleague, Bill Gates.
Thursday’s pledge would in part help pay for developing and building two containment units on behalf of the U.S. State Department, which would be used to evacuate medical workers from West Africa.
Allen also has created a website to coordinate donations to specific organizations: www.TackleEbola.com
“The Ebola virus is unlike any health crisis we have ever experienced and needs a response unlike anything we have ever seen,” Mr. Allen said.