The World Health Organization welcomed the billions of euros raised during a conference call by world leaders on Monday to advance the development of a coronavirus vaccine as a strong sign of "global solidarity".
"This was a powerful and inspiring demonstration of global solidarity," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a virtual briefing on the 7.4 billion euros needed to develop and distribute a vaccine against the virus that causes COVID-19 , were applied.
The conference call on Monday, hosted by the European Commission, almost reached the target of € 7.5 billion to find a vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and, in particular, to ensure fair distribution once one is developed.
"This is an opportunity for the world to come together to face a common threat, but also to create a common future," said Tedros.
He emphasized that the money raised would only cover part of the ongoing response to the pandemic, which killed nearly 250,000 people from the more than 3.5 million registered infections worldwide.
"In the coming weeks and months, we will need much more to meet the demand for personal protective equipment, medical oxygen and other essential supplies," he said.
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