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Researchers at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) and two institutions in the US (University of Washington and La Jolla Institute for Immunology) receive grants from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a large-scale initiative launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome and Mastercard to speed the development of and access to therapies for COVID-19.

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Today, the partners in the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator announced grants of $20 million to three institutions - the University of Washington, the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), and La Jolla Institute for Immunology - to fund clinical trials to identify highly potent immunotherapies for the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants mark the first investments to come from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a large-scale initiative launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard to speed the development of and access to therapies for COVID-19. Currently, there are no broad-spectrum antivirals or immunotherapies available to prevent or treat COVID-19. 

Read the full story on the Centre for Tropical Medicine & Global Health website