NYC and Columbia University team up for $20M pandemic research effort

Columbia University and City Hall are teaming up to create a $20 million institute to study, understand and find better ways to stop pandemics in the wake of the devastation caused by COVID-19.

The deal comes a year after Mayor Bill de Blasio first pledged to create the disease research hub, saying the effort would help revitalize the Big Apple’s economy and better protect the five boroughs from future disease outbreaks.

“This is a big step forward and we’ve got the right people for this big responsibility,” said de Blasio, as he rolled out the announcement during his daily press briefing Wednesday.

“This will

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