Gates Foundation donating millions to Black colleges to expand COVID-19 testing

By: | October 14, 2020

Howard University and up to nine other schools will receive millions of dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support campus coronavirus testing facilities and expand screening for thousands of students at historically Black colleges and universities, the foundation announced.

The foundation’s three-year, $15 million donation will equip as many as 10 schools to be testing hubs that process tests for the novel coronavirus that are administered at other HBCUs in their regions.

“This will give us a different level of capacity,” said Wayne Frederick, the president of Howard. “The intent was really to have all the HBCUs participate, and if you have 10 hubs … I think we do have the capacity to cover just about everyone.”

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