Coronavirus: UK pledges £500m to world vaccine-sharing scheme

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The UK is to present £500m to a brand new world vaccine-sharing scheme designed to make sure remedies for Covid-19 are distributed pretty.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make the announcement in a speech to the United Nations normal meeting.

He will name on world leaders to beat their variations as he units out plans to forestall future world pandemics.

He will even promise additional funding for the World Health Organization.

‘Common foe’

Mr Johnson will inform international counterparts on the UN that the “notion of the international community looks tattered” after the Covid-19 disaster.

He will name for states to “reach across borders and repair these ugly rifts”, as he broadcasts a plan, developed with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Wellcome Trust, to assist cease future pandemics.

The proposals embody growing a worldwide community of “zoonotic hubs” to establish harmful pathogens earlier than they soar from animals to people, in addition to bettering manufacturing capability for remedies and vaccines.

In a pre-recorded speech to be performed on Saturday afternoon, the prime minister will say: “After nine months of fighting Covid, the very notion of the international community looks tattered.

“We know that we can’t proceed on this means. Unless we unite and switch our hearth in opposition to our widespread foe, we all know that everybody will lose.

“Now is the time, therefore, here at what I devoutly hope will be the first and last ever Zoom UNGA, for humanity to reach across borders and repair these ugly rifts.

“Here within the UK, the birthplace of Edward Jenner who pioneered the world’s first vaccine, we’re decided to do every thing in our energy to work with our buddies throughout the UN to heal these divisions and to heal the world.”

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Other measures being proposed include designing a global pandemic early warning system, improving the ability to collect and analyse samples and distribute the findings.

The plan also calls for common protocols to be agreed on sharing data.

Mr Johnson is also proposing states reduce trade barriers on Covid-critical products, such as soap, to help the global response.

The £500m in aid funding will go to the Covax vaccines procurement pool, which aims to help poorer countries access a coronavirus jab when one is developed.

There are about 40 different coronavirus vaccines in clinical trials – including one being developed by the University of Oxford that is in an advanced stage of testing.

A successful vaccine that can protect people from Covid-19 is still widely seen as the main exit strategy from the current restrictions on people’s lives.

The PM will also promise £340m to the World Health Organization over the next four years – a 30% increase on the previous period, making the UK one of its biggest donors.

Romilly Greenhill, UK director of The One Campaign, which fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, said the British government was showing “highly effective management” at a moment when it “couldn’t be extra necessary”.

“It will give the worldwide combat in opposition to Covid-19 a shot within the arm, serving to guarantee everybody, in every single place can entry a vaccine.”