On Monday (3), one of the oldest couples in the world of technology announced the separation: Bill and Melinda Gates are divorcing after 27 years together. The announcement was posted on their respective social networks.

Despite the decision, the two executives will continue their work ahead of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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“Over the past 27 years, we have raised three amazing children and built a foundation that works around the world to enable everyone to have a healthy and productive life. We continue to share the belief in this mission and we will continue our work together at the Foundation, but we no longer believe that we can grow together as a couple at this stage of our lives, ”they said in a statement.

The couple founded the philanthropic organization in 2000 and have since followed through with several initiatives focusing on health and poverty reduction in the world.

Fighting coronavirus

In the last year, Bill and Melinda's institution has had a active action in combating the pandemic, allocating US $ 150 million for the production of vaccines against covid-19. The distribution of doses was aimed at addressing 92 countries, including Brazil.

On national soil, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is currently contributing to a study for mass vaccination in the city of Botucatu, in the interior of São Paulo, in a partnership with the Ministry of Health (MS), Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp, Botucatu campus) and the City Hall.

As reported by Unesp at the end of April, when the initiative was announced, the doses will be donated by the National Immunization Program (PNI), with support from the Ministry and the tests should extend over a period of eight months.

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The intention is to test the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University in partnership with AstraZeneca, one of the two immunizers currently administered in Brazil. It is expected that the results of the study will serve as a reference for other countries in the world.

It is worth remembering that this is not the first time that the Foundation has entered into a partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Health to fight diseases. In 2018, MS, together with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), sealed a consortium that received a donation of R $ 2,2 million by the Bill and Melinda Foundation to fight malaria.