The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) emphasizes that a health threat anywhere is a health threat everywhere. In recent weeks, 2019-nCoV was detected in Wuhan City, China, and the virus has spread to a growing number of countries, including the United States. To protect the health of Americans and other countries, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been taking aggressive public health measures. Additionally, CDC requested that the CDC Foundation activate our Emergency Response Fund to provide support to address rapidly emerging response needs.
We activated our Emergency Response Fund today, and I want to offer a special word of thanks to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which stepped forward with a catalytic donation of $1 million. Over the years, RWJF has provided incredible support in many CDC Foundation response efforts, ranging from the Haiti earthquake to the West Africa Ebola outbreak to support for responses to hurricanes in U.S. territories.
Of course, more support is needed, and we hope RWJF’s generous donation will encourage others to step forward to meet the evolving response needs, which range from additional support for state and local health departments, support for the global response, logistics, communications, data management, personal protective equipment, critical response supplies and more.