The European Union on Saturday kicked off a digital donor convention with a pledge of an extra 4.9 billion euros ($5.5 billion) to help countries worst hit by the Corona Virus pandemic.
The cash can be used to help significantly susceptible countries, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated on Saturday in the beginning of the web occasion.
Everyone in the world should have entry to exams, in addition to any potential therapies or vaccines, she added, irrespective of the place they dwell, the place they arrive from or what they appear like.
Saturday’s on-line occasion, which started at three p.m., (1 p.m. GMT) was additionally set to characteristic panel discussions and speeches by lecturers and different main European politicians corresponding to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The occasion can be adopted by a web based live performance from eight pm hosted by actor and wrestler Dwayne Johnson, also called The Rock, and that includes Justin Bieber, Shakira, Coldplay and Miley Cyrus, and others.
The summit and live performance aimed to mobilize funding to develop vaccines, exams, and coverings for the Corona Virus, in keeping with a press launch.
To date, the fee has raised 10 billion euros ($11.2 billion) for the event and deployment of vaccines, fee spokesperson Eric Mamer stated on Friday.
“The goal of the summit and live performance is to boost much more funding to make sure entry to vaccines for everybody who wants them,” Mamer stated.
The live performance can be broadcast on-line.
“Artists have the facility to encourage change. They use their abilities to serve nice causes,” von der Leyen stated in a press launch.