At the international donors ‘ online conference I want to raise 7.5 billion euros
The President of the United States Donald trump predicts that by the end of this year will create a vaccine for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the EU has pledged 1 billion euros to Finance international efforts to develop vaccines. This was stated by the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, opening Monday online international donor conference to raise funds for vaccine development.
“I’m happy to run the ball, announcing that the European Commission makes its contribution to international efforts in the amount of 1 billion euros, she said. – The world will have to live with the coronavirus, until there is a vaccine, so we have to join forces to create vaccines and diagnostic tools. We must ensure that these funds reached all corners of the world and was accessible to everyone. For this purpose we have to raise 7.5 billion euros, but this is just the beginning, today is the start of a long marathon fundraiser. We intend to amass numerous international organizations that will work to achieve this goal.”
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The President of France Emmanuel macron has said that Paris intends to allocate 500 million euros for the development of antiviral vaccines.
“France will commit itself to allocate an additional 500 million euros,” – said the French leader.
This amount, as explained Makron, go to the development of vaccines and drugs against the coronavirus.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in turn, said that her country will allocate 525 million euros for the development of a vaccine and € 1.3 billion to strengthen health systems in the world.
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“We will participate in this conference, highlighting directly in the framework of 525 million euros,” she said.
“And we will continue to deliver on our commitments to strengthen global health systems, with a total of 1.3 billion euros,” – said Merkel.
The Chancellor also promised to increase humanitarian aid of Germany against the background of the pandemic.
In turn, the UN Secretary-General, antónio Guterres, speaking at the opening of the conference, noted that the needs of developing means of treatment and containment of the pandemic requires at least “five times a large amount,” than 7.5 billion euros.
The funds will be raised within two weeks. The organizers of the online conference are the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, Norway, Saudi Arabia (as chair of the G20), France and Japan. In addition, partners of the event are eight agencies, including the world health organization, the bill and Melinda gates Foundation, the Global Alliance for vaccines and immunization.
Previously at the world health organization stated that worldwide 70 vaccines against coronavirus. Three drugs are already being tested on humans.
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