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Facebook pledges $20 million to coronavirus global relief efforts

The world's largest social network is teaming up with the United Nations Foundation.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is creating another way for people to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday the social media site has established a fund with the United Nations Foundation and the World Health Organization to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. Anyone can make a donation, Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. 

Over $190,000 has been raised by Facebook users in one day for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, on the way to a $10 million goal. COVID-19 is the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. According to the Facebook post, 100% of funds will go to prevention, detection and response work worldwide. Facebook also plans to match $10 million for the CDC Foundation, an independent nonprofit that supports the work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That fundraiser will launch in the next few weeks and focus on the US outbreak. 

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google, said Google.org is matching up to $5 million in donations to the same global emergency fund. Pichai tweeted the news on Friday. 

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