Merkel and Macron to support the Coronavirus vaccine fundraiser

The European Commission called for the collection of 7.5 billion euros to fight the coronavirus infection. The leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Norway are ready to support this initiative.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of three other European countries supported the call of the European Commission (EC) to collect 7.5 billion euros to develop a publicly available vaccine against coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. “We will make our commitments public and we are delighted to have the support of partners around the world,” wrote Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and the Prime Ministers of Italy and Norway Giuseppe Conte and Herna Sulberg in a joint article for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published on Saturday 2 May.

“The funds we are mobilising will launch an unprecedented global cooperation between scientists and regulators, industry and governments, international organisations, foundations and representatives of the health care system,” said the authors of the message, which was joined by EU Council President Charles Michelle and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The European Commission is convening an international online donor conference on 4 May to collect the 7.5 billion dollars to diagnose, prevent and treat COVID-19 SARS caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The main goal of the initiative is the development of a vaccine accessible to the public.