To solve the problem of the spread of coronavirus, as well as to create a vaccine against it and establish the production of this drug, it is possible only with the help of global and coordinated actions, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview on Friday, May 1.
“We must ensure that it is sold at fair and affordable prices in every corner of the world. We are working on this, and we need funds for this,” said von der Leyen.
She added that a donor conference would be held on May 4, where it is expected to raise 7.5 billion euros to create a vaccine.
“This is just the beginning. I think that over time we will need even more,” the head of the European Commission said. In addition to the EU, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, the Welcome Trust charity, and many other organizations will participate in the conference. Also, the conference is supported by many countries of the world, said Ursula von der Leyen.
About the benefits of the pandemic.
At the same time, she stressed that the coronavirus pandemic is devastating, but has some positive aspects. “On the one hand, it shows us what we need to learn. To better prepare (for similar events), we need a much more effective exchange of medical data in the EU and around the world. Also, we see how important it is to have functioning health systems that can cope with shock situations and crises like the current one,” the German politician said.
Besides, von der Leyen — a doctor by training-pointed to the need to develop the ability to receive, store, distribute necessary medical products in the EU, in particular, protective clothing and ventilators.
The massive increase in solidarity against the background of the pandemic
“The other good thing that we have seen in recent weeks is a huge increase in solidarity,” the head of the European Commission said further. She recalled the Polish and Romanian doctors who worked in Italy at the height of the crisis, the provision of coronavirus tests by the Italian authorities to other States, the treatment of patients from France in Germany and Austria, the transfer of protective masks by France to Spain and Italy. “There are many such examples of solidarity, and it’s nice to see that,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen added in an interview.