WHO: COVID-19 Fund for Pandemic Control needs $ 1.96 billion to control pandemic by the end of 2021
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the COVID-19 Anti-Pandemic Fund, launched by WHO a year ago, had raised nearly $ 250 million from citizens and private companies.
|Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General|
According to WHO, as of March 15, more than 661,000 individuals, companies and charities have raised a total of $ 242 million, a sum WHO describes as an “unprecedented support” . This is also the only fund in the United Nations system, which has helped support millions of frontline staff, important personal protective equipment, and many medical equipment and COVID-19 test kits, especially against misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to supporting vulnerable groups, the fund also helps promote research on COVID-19 vaccines, testing and treatment.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the contributions made by all organizations and individuals, affirming the success of the foundation demonstrates “what we can do together in times of need”. According to the WHO, the fund is an “important source of funding” for the fight against the pandemic, but the WHO believes that more is still needed for this fund to be able to support the “long-term” war.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Support Fund is now calling for additional contributions to raise $ 1.96 billion, which WHO considers necessary for pandemic control by the end of 2021.