World leaders pledge to accelerate COVID-19 drug, vaccine, Reuters reports
25 April, 2020
World leaders pledged on Friday to accelerate work on tests, drugs and vaccines against COVID-19 and to share them around the globe, Reuters reports.

Participants of the video conference were French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and others, China, India, Russia and the US did not take part though.

The WHO billed the initiative as a “landmark collaboration” to fight the pandemic.

The idea behind the initiative is to speed development of safe
and effective drugs, tests and vaccines to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19, and ensure equal access to treatments for rich and poor.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that she expects the initiative to have raised 7.5 billion euros by May 4.

Photo: AP / Frederic Scheiber

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