COVID vaccine: stars help EU raise funds

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Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came to the aid of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday to raise funds to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

International stars of music, cinema, sports or fashion have indeed joined an online concert in order to finance research for the creation of such a vaccine and its availability to the most vulnerable populations. poor all over the planet.

The European Commission, in collaboration with the organization headquartered in the United States Global Citizen, sponsored this virtual event intended to generate financial contributions.

In total, according to the EU, 40 governments helped with the preparations.

Ms. von der Leyen inaugurated it by announcing that it had obtained 6.15 billion euros on Saturday, including 4.9 billion from the European Investment Bank, in partnership with the Commission.

Earlier, on May 4, during a first summit organized to raise funds, the EU, governments and wealthy philanthropists had pledged to contribute around ten billion euros.

This already makes almost 16 billion euros in total.

“We will not end this pandemic until it is over everywhere,” said Ms. von der Leyen at the opening of this virtual event.

“And that means that everyone in the world has access to tests, treatments and vaccines no matter where they live, where they come from and how they look,” she said.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a former professional wrestler turned actor, will be hosting a concert on Saturday which will be broadcast on the internet.

Salma Hayek, Charlize Theron, Forest Whitaker and Angelique Kidjo will also participate.

Philanthropist Melinda Gates and Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus were also involved.

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