Right now, the fast global spread of coronavirus means no one is safe from this pandemic until we are all safe. In countries across the world, people have made enormous personal sacrifices to slow the spread of this virus.
The aim of the event was to raise $8 billion from governments and global organizations for the research and development of vaccines, treatments, and tests to help end the coronavirus pandemic and prevent future waves of infection.
The UK has pledged significant support to achieve this aim, including the world’s largest donation to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) fund to develop a coronavirus vaccine. The more countries, businesses, and global organizations pull together to pool their expertise, the faster our scientists will succeed in finding a vaccine, accessible and affordable for all.
The international momentum to find a vaccine is growing.
Now our nations must work together to build on this by making sure when we do find a vaccine, it will reach the people who need it.
On June 4, the UK will play virtual host to the Global Vaccine Summit focused on raising funds to help Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
To kick off the international investment push, last week I announced new UK funding for Gavi to vaccinate up to 75 million children in the world’s poorest countries. We have pledged funding equivalent to 330 million pounds a year for the next five years. Gavi’s work is integral to stopping diseases spreading globally and protecting countries from future pandemics.
Ministerial colleagues, whether in the UK or in other countries stood together at the pledging initiative. We urged other countries to step up and make their contributions to overcome this crisis for our common good.