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24 April 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

WHO announces €7.5bn coronavirus collaboration between world leaders, but US not involved

By Samuel Horti

The World Health Organization (WHO) will launch a €7.5bn fundraising drive early next month in a bid to speed up the prevention and treatment of coronavirus, it announced today.

The “landmark collaboration”, called the Access to Covid Tools Accelerator, will harness the expertise of scientists in various countries and provide participants with a shared set of tools. Its aim is to speed up the “development, production and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics for Covid-19”.

“Past experience has taught us that even when tools are available, they have not been equally available to all – but we cannot allow that to happen,” said director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The US, which pulled its WHO funding earlier this month, confirmed this morning that it would not take part in the scheme.

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