$ 500 million to be pledged for access to COVID-19 vaccine at the Paris Peace Forum

The third edition of the Paris Peace Forum is devoted to finding ways out of the epidemic. (Representative)

Paris:

Organizers of a French forum said several countries and foundations intend to pledge more than $ 500 million for the global pool on Thursday.

The third edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which seeks to address governance issues with concrete projects, takes place Thursday and Friday in the French capital and is dedicated to finding ways to rest and get out of the Kovid epidemic. 19.

This is a rapidly increasing number of cases in Europe and beyond.

The US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNotech raised expectations around the world for a few days after announcing very promising results for their vaccine candidate.

During the forum, several countries are expected to announce funding for the so-called ACT-Accelerator, a mechanism led by the World Health Organization that aims to ensure access to tests, treatments and vaccines for all.

According to a press release from the organizers, France will announce a commitment of 100 million euros, Spain 50 million and the European Commission 100 million specifically for the vaccine part of ACT-A.

The UK government is also expected to announce an additional contribution in pounds sterling for every four dollars announced.

Organizers said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was also to “announce an important engagement during the discussion”.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adnom Ghebreyes, French President Emmanuel Macron, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will participate in an online discussion as it is broadcast online.

In September, the United Nations estimated that ACT-Accelerator only needed two billion doses of vaccine, 245 million treatments and about 3 billion of the $ 38 billion needed to reach the goal of producing and deliver 500 million diagnostic tests the following year. Dollars have been received.

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