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Bill Gates hopes Trump's trade war won't wreck the global health agenda

Bill Gates. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, who’s in D.C. this week to meet with administration officials and members of Congress, told Axios he hopes the U.S.’ souring relationships with Europe and China — sparked by the Trump administration’s tariffs — won’t hurt long-term global health or climate change goals.

Between the lines: Gates always tries to keep his language diplomatic and above the political fights of the day — but he made it clear that trade wars aren’t helpful to his work.

Congo now has second largest Ebola outbreak

Data: Ministry of Health DRC; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Thursday said the number of people confirmed or suspected of having Ebola has now become the second highest number of cases, reaching 426 as of Nov. 28.

The latest: Containment efforts are further hampered by a spike in cases of malaria, which can demonstrate similar symptoms to Ebola in its early stages, according to the World Health Organization. "The #Ebola outbreak in #DRC is now second largest historically. A sad toll, with too many families losing loved ones," tweeted WHO's Peter Salama.

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