UK prime minister set to host global vaccine summit 4 June~NEWSEXTRA - News Extra Online



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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

UK prime minister set to host global vaccine summit 4 June~NEWSEXTRA

The UK Prime Minister will on June 4th host the Global Vaccine Summit, bringing together leaders from around the world at a virtual event to pledge their support to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to protect a further 300 million children against infectious diseases like measles, typhoid and polio.

The Global Vaccine Summit aims to raise at least US$7.4 billion to help Gavi save up to 8 million lives.

As hosts, the UK said it is continuing its global leadership on tackling preventable deaths and stopping the spread of Coronavirus.

This it said builds on their recent role as co-lead for the Global Coronavirus Response Initiative, with Japan, Germany, France, Canada, Norway, Italy, Spain, Saudi Arabia and the European Commission, which successfully raised 7.4 billion euros toward vaccines, tests and treatment to tackle the virus at the Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Conference on 4 May.

At that conference the UK pledged £388 million which is made up of support we have announced for new vaccines, tests and treatments.

This includes: £250 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to research a coronavirus vaccine – the biggest contribution of any country to this fund; £40 million to support the Global Therapeutics Accelerator, a fund for the rapid development of coronavirus treatments; £23 million to support the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics to develop rapid tests for the virus to help identify and slow its spread and £75 million for the World Health Organization to help them support countries who have weak healthcare systems.

According to the UK, it is collaborating with its international partners on the global effort to find a vaccine as soon as possible and ensure it’s available across the world, including in Nigeria.

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