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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Wife Patty Quillin Donate $30 Million to Vaccine Org

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings

By Todd Spangler

April 22, 2020 — Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz locals make private-sector contribution toward Gavi Alliance drive to immunize 300 million children over the next five years

Netflix chief Reed Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, donated $30 million to Gavi Alliance, the nonprofit immunization organization started by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Geneva-based Gavi announced the cash donation from Hastings and Quillin on Friday, saying it’s the first private-sector contribution toward its drive to raise at least $7.4 billion to immunize 300 million children over the next five years.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gavi said, it is helping to fund immunization programs in lower-income countries around the world. The organization also said it will help fast-track coronavirus vaccine development and — once it’s available — assist with manufacturing, procurement and delivery to areas that most need it.

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