European leaders provide financial support for global research on Covid-19

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European leaders provide financial support for global research on Covid-19


A global fundraiser is organized Monday in Brussels for the research of a vaccine and treatment against the coronavirus



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On April 29, 2020, an engineer shows a plastic model of COVID-19 at the quality control laboratory at Sinovac Biotech’s facilities in Beijing.


Key European leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, supported a global fundraiser organized in Brussels on Monday for research into a vaccine and treatments for the new coronavirus.

Organizer of this great online conference of calls for donations, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen hopes to raise 7.5 billion euros. Governments, philanthropists, business leaders and celebrities are called upon to participate.

“Unprecedented global cooperation”

“We will all put our own commitments on the table and we are happy to be joined by partners from around the world”, in an attempt to “fill the estimated gap in global funding”, write French President Emmanuel Macron, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, in a column published in several European newspapers this weekend.

“The funds raised will kick off unprecedented global cooperation between scientists and regulators, industry and governments, international organizations, foundations and health professionals,” add the signatories, among who also include the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

“This race will be long”

“If we manage to develop a vaccine produced by the whole world, for the whole world, it will then be a unique global public good of the 21st century. With our partners, we are committed to making it available, accessible and affordable for everyone, ”they continue. “This race will be long,” they warn, however. “The current target only covers initial needs: manufacturing and delivering drugs worldwide will require resources far in excess of this target.”

“Together, we must ensure that all resources will continue to be mobilized and that progress will be made towards achieving universal access to vaccination, treatment and screening,” they add. The signatories of the forum also gave their support to the World Health Organization (WHO), attacked head-on by US President Donald Trump who criticized him for his mismanagement of the crisis.

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