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Blockchain Pioneers Vitalik Buterin, Polygon Co-founder Commit $100M To Pandemic Research

Blockchain pioneers Vitalik Buterin of Ethereum fame and Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal have joined forces with India-based crypto fund Crypto Relief in an extraordinary initiative aimed at combatting the devastating impact of COVID-19.
In a remarkable display of solidarity and innovation, they have pledged to contribute a staggering $100 million towards critical areas such as COVID-19 research and the development of essential medical infrastructure. 
This groundbreaking collaboration not only showcases the immense potential of blockchain technology but also highlights the profound commitment of these visionary leaders to making a tangible difference in the face of a global crisis. 

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— Crypto Relief 🇮🇳 (@CryptoRelief_) June 8, 2023
The infusion of $90 million in USD Coin from Crypto Relief, combined with Buterin’s personal contribution of $10 million, sets the stage for a concerted effort to effectively allocate these funds and address the urgent needs of the Indian healthcare system.
Blockchain Luminaries Unite To Tackle COVID-19 Crisis In India
Crypto Relief, a community-driven fund dedicated to providing financial aid during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, has found powerful allies in the form of blockchain luminaries Buterin and Nailwal. Together, they are embarking on a groundbreaking mission to combat the devastating effects of the virus and contribute to the development of new medical technologies in the country.
In a Twitter post, the Ethereum co-founder emphasized the need for a comprehensive and global solution to address not only the ongoing COVID-19 crisis but also future pandemics that pose significant risks in the 21st century.

Last year @CryptoRelief_ led by @sandeepnailwal allocated $100m to Covid research projects I wanted to fund
Sandeep and I discussed and jointly concluded these and other projects are high-impact and need follow through grants. Hence we decided to put $100m more to these projects
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) June 8, 2023
Recognizing the importance of merging frontier scientific innovation with practical on-the-ground implementation, Buterin underscored the urgency to take collective action.
Target Research Areas: Airborne Transmission And Long COVID
Buterin further explained that a significant portion of the allocated funds would be directed toward crucial COVID-19 research. The focus of this research will primarily revolve around understanding and combating COVID-19’s airborne transmission by developing advanced medical equipment.

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Additionally, the initiative aims to prioritize research on the long-term effects of COVID-19, commonly referred to as “Long COVID.”
With these concerted efforts and research objectives, Buterin, Nailwal, and their partners aim to make substantial progress in tackling the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic and contribute to long-term solutions that will help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and potential future outbreaks.

The most salient risks from Covid today are the very high number of people experiencing very-long-term symptoms (aka #LongCovid), and so Long Covid research continues to be a primary focus.
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) June 8, 2023
Blockchain: Continued Philanthropic Endeavors Of Buterin
Buterin’s commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond the current endeavor to support India in its fight against COVID-19. This recent initiative marks yet another example of Buterin’s philanthropic efforts.
One notable instance occurred in April 2022 when Buterin demonstrated his generosity by sending a substantial donation of $5 million worth of ETH to “Aid for Ukraine.” This contribution aimed to provide assistance in Ukraine’s defense against the invasion by Russia, which took place in February 2022.
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