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Coronavirus Global Response

Coronavirus Global Response: United to make the world a safer place

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has rallied the international community around the need to develop a vaccine against the virus, produce it, deploy it to every corner of the Earth and make it available at affordable prices.

The European Commission together with its partners:

  • raised almost €10 billion for vaccines, diagnostics and treatments in only 1 month
  • Set up the ACT-Accelerator, a global cooperation framework for the development of coronavirus tests, treatments and vaccines
  • Brought together 40 countries and organisations, and dozens of artists and philanthropists in an unprecedented global effort

Thanks to this expression of global unity, the chances of being able to give a vaccine to anyone who needs it, everywhere, are within our reach.

Launch of the Global Response

President von der Leyen first presented the idea of a global, coordinated response to the pandemic at the meeting of G20 leaders on 26 March, who agreed to establish such an initiative.

In the following weeks, President von der Leyen engaged with global health actors and philanthropists:

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The pledging marathon continues

On 28 May, the Commission announced that Coronavirus Global Response had raised an additional €2.3 billion in less than a month, resulting in €9.8 billion in total. €6.5 billion was pledged by Team Europe: EU and EEA countries, the Commission and the European Investment Bank.

Out of the €9.8 billion:

€4.3 billion
to strengthening health systems
€2.3 billion
to vaccines
€814 million
to therapeutics
€242 million
to diagnostics

In this context, €1 billion was pledged to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance,

The Commission pledged €300 million ( to Gavi for the period 2021-2025. This will help immunise 300 million children around the world and finance vaccine stockpiles to shield against outbreaks of other infectious diseases, such as measles, HPV and polio.


Coronavirus Global Response factsheet
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