The international community raised 7,359 million donations to accelerate vaccine testing and treatment for Covid-19 at a donor conference organized by the European Commission but not attended by world powers like the United States. , Russia, India or Brazil.
The number was announced by the head of the community executive at the end of the event and is slightly below the indicative target set by Brussels (7.5 billion). However, the project will remain open for the next few weeks so that new donations can increase total earnings.
“We have succeeded (…) In a time when we are more separated than usual, the world has proven to be closer than ever. Within a few hours we have 7.4 billion euros for vaccines, diagnoses and Vaccinations collected treatments, “said Von der Lyen at the end of the video conference.
The event this Monday, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), was the first step towards a “marathon” of donations that will continue in the coming weeks to speed up the work and not just find a vaccine for Covid-19 , but also to develop more effective diagnostic methods and treatments.