( Reuters) – Worldwide leaders signed up with the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday to launch an initiative to speed up deal with drugs, tests and vaccines versus COVID-19 and to share them around the world.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks throughout a press conference after a video conferenced EU summit with European heads of state to talk about procedures related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Brussels, Belgium April 23,2020 Olivier Hoslet/Pool through REUTERS
French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen were amongst leaders taking part in a videoconference to reveal the strategy.
Following is response from all over the world to the WHO’s effort:
WHO DIRECTOR GENERAL TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS
” The world requires these tools and needs them fast.
” We are facing a typical threat which we can only defeat with a typical approach.”
EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT URSULA VON DER LEYEN
” This is an initial step only, however more will be needed in the future.”
SPOKESPERSON FOR THE U.S. MISSION IN GENEVA
” Although the United States was not in attendance at the conference in question, there must be no doubt about our continuing determination to lead on global health matters, consisting of the current COVID crisis. The time out in U.S. financing to WHO does not limit or redefine our dedication to strong and reliable global engagement.”
FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON
” It would be mysterious and untenable to state that this vaccine would just be available in the country it was created in or where Huge Pharma have invested.
” From the moment we win this battle, we need to make this vaccine available to all populations as quickly as possible and all over.
” We will continue now to mobilise all G7 and G20 nations so they get behind this effort. And I hope we’ll handle to reconcile around this joint effort both China and the United States since this is about saying: the fight versus COVID-19 is a common human great and there must be no department in order to win this battle.”
MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER MUHYIDDIN YASSIN
” The world needs to come together to coordinate our efforts and accelerate the advancement of effective tools to stop the spread of this disease.
” The role of the United Nations stays among our greatest techniques to suppress this pandemic in a manner that can guarantee that the toolboxes in this war that we are fighting can reach everyone, all over, in the shortest time possible.
” Malaysia is completely devoted to be part of this … and to take part in the production of some of these tools and vaccines as they end up being readily available.”
YUAN QIONG, SENIOR LEGAL AND POLICY ADVISOR AT MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES ACCESS PROJECT
” For the Access Project at MSF what we have actually been calling at the earlier stage of this pandemic is there shouldn’t be any patent monopoly and profiteering out of this pandemic.
” We hope this cooperation can really make sure equitable circulation based upon need at the international level and sufficient production of all of the reliable medicines, diagnostics and vaccines globally. That requires action from both governments and the companies.”