Canada will spend $ 300 million to the international fight against the coronavirus, said Saturday the prime minister Justin Trudeau insisting on the need to develop a vaccine that is “accessible to all”.
Mr. Trudeau announced this aid in a brief intervention at the “summit” virtual “Global Goal: Unite for our Future”, which aims to raise funds for the fight against the pandemic.
“It is necessary that we recognize that the pandemic strikes hard on the already vulnerable populations (…) We must work hand in hand to ensure that a vaccine will be affordable and accessible to all,” said Mr. Trudeau.
The prime minister said that Ottawa would invest $ 180 million to deal with the immediate consequences of the crisis on the humanitarian aid and development.
Canada will also provide $ 120 million for the device dubbed Accelerator ACT.
This device launched last April by the world health Organization (WHO), the european Commission, France and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to accelerate the development and production of products, diagnostics, and vaccines against the disease Covid-19, and to ensure equitable access.
The “summit” Global Goal”, with a concert broadcast on Saturday on social networks and tv channels, is organized by Global Citizen and the european Commission, says Ottawa in a press release.