UN welcomes nearly $1 billion in recent pledges – to bolster access to lifesaving tests, treatments and vaccines to end COVID-19
New commitments from governments, international organizations and the private sector support unified approach to end pandemic, backing a response of unprecedented scale, scope and speed—through the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator—as pandemic claims more than 1 million lives
Recent Commitments at a Glance:
- United Kingdom – £571m (US$ 732m) for COVAX pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools- (ACT) Accelerator, of which up to £500m (US$ 641m) is to support low- and middle-income countries. This includes a commitment to match £1 for every US$ 4 committed by others up to £250m (US$ 321m).
- Canada – CAD 440m (US$ 332m) for the COVAX pillar of the ACT-Accelerator, of which CAD 220 (US$ 166m) is to support low & middle income countries
- Germany – EUR 100m (US$ 117m) for the COVAX pillar of the ACT-Accelerator, all of which is to support low and middle income countries
- Sweden – US$ 10m for the COVAX pillar of the ACT-Accelerator, all of which is to support low and middle income countries
- World Bank – US$ 12 billion to support developing countries to purchase COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available (to be ratified by their shareholders)
- A coalition of 16 pharmaceutical companies and the Bill …continued .
[Original Source: WHO]