- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An anonymous donor’s $1 million gift to Tulane University will support infectious disease research and will aid efforts to develop treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, the university said Wednesday.

In a news release, the university said the money will be used to establish a fund for Emerging Research in Infectious Disease.

The university said the gift will support work addressing all aspects of the pandemic crisis, including detection, treatment and prevention.

“This gift will boost our efforts to find an end to this global pandemic and move toward Tulane’s ultimate goal of creating a system-wide approach to combating infectious disease that includes early detection, treatments and vaccines,” Tulane President Michael Fitts said. “Such a system may stop the next pandemic from happening at all.”

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