Bill Gates Is Working Towards A Universal Flu Vaccine

When it comes to charitable work, Bill Gates walks the walk.

The Microsoft founder, through his foundation, is launching a 12-million dollar challenge for research on universal flu vaccines. The billionaire wants the world to be prepared for the next flu pandemic, which many believe isn’t too far in the future.

The foundation Gates and his wife Melinda run is partnering with Google co-founder Larry Page and his wife Lucy to put up the seed money for the challenge. Gates told an audience in Boston on Friday the goal is to encourage bold thinking by the world's best scientists.

The challenge may help more promising get to human testing, which few candidates ever get to.

The announcement comes 100 years after the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 killed 50-million people around the world, including 675-thousand in the U.S. in little over a month.Source: The Verge

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