The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic may require five times more than the €7.5 billion that is planned to be raised in the framework of an international online donor conference under the auspices of the European Commission. This was announced on Monday, May 4, by the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres.
“I welcome the generous contributions announced today, with the initial goal of raising €7.5 billion. These funds are a kind of first payment for the development of new tools with the necessary speed, ” RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.
According to Guterres, all States will need about five times that amount to provide assistance, or about €37.5 billion. In this regard, the UN Secretary General called on all partners to assist in the collection.
“I thank the European Commission and governments for their leadership in holding this important donor conference. This is exactly the kind of leadership that the world needs today, ” he added.
Earlier on may 4, it became known that participants of the international online donor conference, convened on the initiative of the European Union, collected €7.4 billion for the development of a coronavirus vaccine on the first day of the event. The event has almost completely achieved its goal.
On the same day, during an online conference, the Director General of the world health organization (WHO), Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus, said that success in fighting the spread of coronavirus infection in the world depends not on the speed of development of the necessary drugs, but on equality in the distribution of these drugs in the world.
According to the latest data, the list of candidate vaccines against COVID-19, formed by the WHO, includes 83 drugs, among which 77 are at the stage of preclinical research, and another six are undergoing clinical trials on humans. Nine Russian vaccines were included in this list.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, began in late December last year in Wuhan, China.
According to the international statistical office Worldometer on may 4, more than 3.6 million cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the world. 250 thousand people died. More than 1.1 million patients recovered.