The UK pledged more than $700 million to ensure a COVID-19 vaccine is distributed fairly across the world
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged £571 million ($727 million) to a World Health Organization effort to ensure a coronavirus vaccine is distributed fairly across the globe.
- Johnson addressed the UN General Assembly in a recorded speech on Saturday. He said the COVID-19 pandemic caused countries to have divided approaches to mitigating its spread.
- He told leaders that they “simply can’t continue in this way,” and urged them to unite against the “common foe,” or the virus.
- The prime minister had initially been slow to issue country-wide stay-at-home mandates and distribute testing before contracting the virus himself on March 27.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK would pledge £571 million ($727 million) to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine would get distributed to the world’s poorest countries.
Johnson announced the move during a prerecorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday. The funding will go toward COVAX, an effort spearheaded by the World Health Organization to develop, manufacture, and distribute coronavirus vaccines evenly across the world.
In his remarks, Johnson urged countries to unite against the virus, which he called “common foe.” He said the …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]