Bill Gates has previously said a coronavirus vaccine could be developed in 18 months.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is donating $100 million to food banks across the U.S. so they can feed needy Americans as the novel coronavirus cripples the economy. "Even in ordinary times, food insecurity in American households is an important problem, and unfortunately COVID-19 is amplifying that stress significantly," Bezos said on Instagram Thursday. "Millions of Americans are turning to food banks during this time."
New research has found that Americans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 are particularly prone to anti-vaccination attitudes and that these attitudes can be exacerbated by the president’s tweets. The findings have been published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Airlines’ carbon emissions could drop by more than one-third this year as travel demand sinks, a trend that could continue as businesses reassess their need to fly, according to the Australia Institute.
Leonardo DiCaprio helped raise $12 million for coronavirus food relief when he launched the America’s Food Fund. America’s Food Fund is an organization focused on assistance for low-income families, individuals facing job uncertainty or disruption, kids that rely on school lunches and the elderly. The food fund works with hunger relief groups like World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.
Elon Musk has responded to criticism he received after sending non-invasive breathing aids to New York, which some noted could not be used to treat severe COVID-19 cases. The Tesla boss previously pledged to send ventilators to U.S. hospitals and healthcare facilities amid growing fears that supplies in some states were limited. Last month, Musk wrote on Twitter that more than 1,255 FDA-approved devices had been acquired from China and quickly flown into California.
The Trump Administration asked 3M Co. to stop sending U.S.-made respirators to Canada, the company said Friday. “In the course of our collaboration with the Administration this past weekend, the Administration requested that 3M increase the amount of respirators we currently import from our overseas operations into the U.S. We appreciate the assistance of the Administration to do exactly that,” the company said in a statement.