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UK PM Hosts Global Vaccine Summit June 4



The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson will host the Global Vaccine Summit, bringing together leaders from around the world at a virtual event to pledge their support to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance foundation comitted to protecting a further 300 million children against infectious diseases like measles, typhoid and polio.
Speaking on the upcoming summit, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing said the Global Vaccine Summit aims to raise at least US$7.4 billion to help Gavi save up to 8 million lives.
Laing said, “As host, the UK is continuing its global leadership on  tackling preventable deaths and stopping the spread of coronavirus and this will build on our recent role as co-lead for the Global  Coronavirus Response Initiative, with Japan, Germany, France, Canada, Norway, Italy, Spain, Saudi Arabia and the European Commission, which  successfully raised £7.4 billion towards vaccines, tests and  treatment to tackle the virus at the Coronavirus Global Response  International Pledging Conference on 4 May.
“At that conference, the UK pledged £388 million which is made up of  support we have announced for new vaccines, tests and treatments.
This includes:  £250 million to the Coalition for Epidemic  Preparedness Innovations to research a coronavirus vaccine, the biggest contribution of any country to this fund, £40 million to  support the Global Therapeutics Accelerator, a fund for the rapid  development of coronavirus treatments, £23 million to support the  Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics to develop rapid tests for  the virus  and help identify and slow its spread and £75 million for the  World Health Organization to help them support countries who have weak  healthcare systems.