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Researchers welcome plans for Ross Fund for infectious diseases

The government has revealed the details of the £1-billion Ross Fund, a joint effort by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK government to support research into infectious diseases.

Details of the fund, which was first announced in the government’s 2015 spending review, were revealed by the Department of Health and the Department for International Development on 25 January.

Almost £200 million will be directed to preventing and responding to future disease outbreaks. This will be seen as going some way to address criticisms levelled at the government in a report by MPs published on the same day as the Ross Fund announcement. The report said that the UK’s response to the Ebola crisis had been poor and that research had been underprepared and underfunded.

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