WHO Coronavirus research to get US$500m boost at Paris meeting

The ACT-Accelerator was launched to speed up research and development for the new disease. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (REUTERS) - Governments and private charities will commit to more than US$500 million (S$674 million) to boost research into the novel coronavirus at the Paris Peace Forum, organisers of the event said on Thursday (Nov 12).

The forum, an annual meeting of heads of state and government with civil society organisations and charitable foundations, said the funds would come from those participating in the ACT-Accelerator initiative, a programme designed to ensure global access to Covid-19 tests, therapeutics and vaccines.

ACT-Accelerator has been launched and supported by the World Health Organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the European Union, France, Germany and other states and organisations.

France and Spain will be making commitments of 100 million euros (S$159 million) and 50 million euros, respectively, while the UK government will contribute one additional British pound (S$1.7) for each US$4 announced, organisers said.

Another 100 million euros will come from the European Commission, while the Gates Foundation will also announce an important commitment during the discussion.

The ACT-Accelerator was launched in April to speed up research and development for the new disease.

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