UN's chief solicit for $35bn funding for WHO's COVID-19 research

UN has solicited for funding of WHO's COVID-19 vaccine research
Ernest Sunday

United Nation's Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called on individuals and groups to support the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) research for COVID-19 vaccine.

The funding project for the research which is known as the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT) takes funds from major philanthropic health funds such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, as well as the Britain-based Wellcome Trust.

According to Guterres, the project has only received three billion dollars since its start and needs more money to help gear up the research.

“But we now need 35 billion dollars more to go from ‘start-up’ to ‘scale-up and impact,’” the United Nation's chief said in an online meeting of the ACT facilitation council on Thursday afternoon, September 10.

“There is real urgency in these numbers – without an infusion of 15 billion dollars over the next three months, beginning immediately, we will lose the window of opportunity to further advance research, build stocks in parallel with licensing, start procuring and delivering the new diagnostics and therapeutics.

“And help countries prepare to optimise the new vaccines when they arrive,” he said.

The General said that the project is set to make sure that the whole world is freed from the pandemic by making sure that all the countries in the world get the vaccine once it is ready.

“No one and no country will be safe until everybody is safe,” he said.

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