Malta’s Health Superintendent Prof Charmaine Gauci has joined a number of renowned personalities ranging from world political leaders to leading CEOs, from world-stage football managers to renowned international journalists in appealing to international institutions to commit further resources towards research related to the development of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.
The international Coronavirus Global Response conference hosted by the European Commission aimed to raise €7.5 billion ($8 billion) for diagnostics, treatment, and vaccines following the call of the World Health Organization. The pledging marathon will runtil the end of May, but the figure was practically reached within the first few hours.
In a video statement published by the European Commission, Prof Gauci said that she fully supported the global fund initiative since the world “needed more investment, research and innovation to develop further diagnostic measures”.
The Health Superintendent said that that this is a new virus and only through international collaboration if can be defeated. A full exit from the crisis will only be possible through the development of a vaccine which can be distributed to all.
Gauci appealed for contributions to this fund, insisting that the only way towards wealth was through better health.
The European Commission itself mobilised €1.4 billion for the Coronavirus Global Response. In a statement on Facebook, the European Commission said that “after governments, civil society and people worldwide need to join in, in a global mobilisation of hope and resolve. This is the true power of unity and humanity.” However, European Commission President, Ursula Von der Leyen, said that this is just the beginning with a far higher financial outlay being required in the medium to the long term.