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Coronavirus Global Response
Statement28 May 2020Directorate-General for Communication

Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Event - Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


During this pandemic, you haven’t been hearing that much good news, but there is good news about the progress in science.

Around the world, researchers are making huge strides in drug and vaccine development.

We have a good chance of having a working vaccine by January and that would make it the fastest vaccine ever created in human history.

But we also have to ask “what good is this vaccine if we can’t get it to all the people in the world?”

The virus doesn’t respect borders and it doesn’t care about what nationality you are.

So, for the world to overcome COVID-19, we need more than just the breakthrough science, we also need breakthroughs in generosity and global cooperation.

On this score, I’m very grateful for the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen and the European Commission.

Last year it was hard to imagine that the world could come together to solve this kind of big, global challenge.

If there was a narrative about how the world was changing, it was mostly about turning inward.

We only have just a fraction of the resources we need so far, but I believe this pandemic is starting to pull the world in the direction of working together, to remind us that we’re connected, not just by common humanity but by our vulnerability to a virus that links all of our healths to each other.

And so we have to look out for each other.

Amid the sadness of the pandemic, this is a bright spot and it should keep us all hopeful.

© 2020 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Publication date
28 May 2020
Directorate-General for Communication