Coronavirus: UK Pledges 500 Million for Global Vaccine Sharing Project

Coronavirus: UK Pledges 500 Million for Global Vaccine Sharing Project

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The UK will pay 500 500 million for a new global vaccine sharing project designed to ensure that Covid-19 treatments are properly distributed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make the announcement in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

He will urge world leaders to overcome their differences as they plan for future global epidemic prevention.

He will also promise additional funding for the World Health Organization.

‘Common Enemy’

Mr Johnson will tell his foreign counterparts at the UN that “the perception of the international community is misleading” in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.

He will call on states to “repair these ugly rifles across the border” as well as announce an expanded plan with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Welcome Trust to help prevent future epidemics.

These proposals include a global network of “zoonotic hubs” to identify dangerous pathogens before they jump from animals to humans, as well as to improve the treatment and production of vaccines.

In a pre-recorded speech on Saturday afternoon, the Prime Minister said: “Even after Kovid’s nine-month war, the international community seems to be very divided.

“We know we can’t go on like this. We know everyone will lose if we don’t unite and take fire against our common enemy.

“Now the time has come, so I religiously hope here that humanity will be the first and last zoom UNGA to repair these ugly rifles across borders.

“Here in the UK, the birthplace of Edward Jenner, the pioneer of the world’s first vaccine, we are determined to do everything in our power to fix these divisions and work with our friends across the United Nations to heal the world.”

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Other proposed measures include designing a global epidemic early warning system, collecting and analyzing samples, and improving efficiency.

The plan also calls for common protocols to agree on data sharing.

In response to Mr. Johnson’s response around the world, states are proposing to reduce barriers to national trade in covid-critical products such as soap.

The 500 million aid fund will go to the pool to collect the Covax vaccine, which aims to help poor countries access a coronavirus job when one is developing.

Clinical trials have contained about 40 different coronavirus vaccines – one developed by Oxford University which is at an advanced stage of testing.

A successful vaccine that can protect people from Covid-19 is still seen as a major exit strategy from current restrictions in people’s lives.

The prime minister will also pledge বিশ্ব 340 million to the World Health Organization over the next four years – a 30% increase over the previous period, making the UK one of its largest donors.

Romily Greenhill, UK director of The One Campaign, which fights extreme poverty and preventable diseases, said the British government had shown “strong leadership” at a time when it could not be “more important”.

“It will give a shot to the arm in the fight against Kovid-19 around the world, helping to ensure everyone can access a vaccine everywhere.”

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