When more than 2.7 million people have been infected with the disease, which has claimed nearly 190,000 lives, at a WHO virtual meeting, it was decided French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will help launch a global initiative to accelerate work to ﬁght COVID-19.
British foreign minister Dominic Raab and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres were also to take part. As previously it announced . the U.S. will not take part. The initiative means to speed development of safe, effective drugs, tests and vaccines to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19. “Today is a kind of political commitment from all these partners to make sure that when we have all these new tools no one is left behind, that those who can afford vaccines or therapeutics can buy them and (put) them at the disposal of the population,” WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib declared. “It is very important to make sure that you have equitable access to quality, efﬁcient, new tools for COVID-19,” she added.
Britain will co-chair a joint coronavirus global response summit on 4 May aimed at raising funds for vaccine research, treatments and tests. More than 100 potential vaccines are being developed, including six already in clinical trials. The participants in the initiative agreed to learn from experience and adapt a global response.