Covid-19: WHO requests $ 4.5 billion from the G20

Funds are lacking to quickly benefit developing countries from the vaccine, warns the organization.

G20 countries must help fill a shortfall of $ 4.5 billion in the World Health Organization (WHO) fund to distribute vaccines against the coronavirus, among other things, urge leaders in a letter viewed on Friday by the ‘AFP.

«A pledge by G20 leaders to substantially fund the current $ 4.5 billion shortfall in the ACT-Accelerator (device) will instantly save lives», We can read in this letter dated November 16. The ACT-Accelerator is an international cooperation mechanism set up under the aegis of the WHO to ensure that developed countries do not monopolize treatments, tests and vaccines against the coronavirus.

Such a commitment from the G20 “will allow a crisis exit strategyAdded the signatories of this letter addressed to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, president of the G20 this year, ahead of the virtual international summit hosted by Riyadh this weekend. It is signed by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The G20 organizers in Riyadh made no immediate comment.

The United States estimated in September that ACT-Accelerator had received just 3 of the $ 38 billion needed to fund two billion doses of vaccines, 245 million treatments and 500 million tests by the end of 2021.

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva on Thursday urged the G20 countries “to delete“The trade restrictions put in place in recent years, to support the global recovery now”that a medical solution to the crisis is in sight». «The global economy is at a critical juncture“She said in a blog post. “It is only by curbing the pandemic at the global level that economic vitality will be regained and that a catastrophe will be avoided.», Assure the signatories.

The pandemic has infected more than 55 million people and killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP.