WHO lauds $600m Germany’s support on global COVID-19 response

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The World Health Organization Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus has appreciated Germany for supporting the world body by contributing more than US$600 million, including US$430 million to support the global COVID-19 response.

He disclosed this in his opening remark at the Press Conference on Monday, with the Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeiers, Dr Tedros said Germany is also the largest donor to the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies, which enables WHO to respond rapidly to emergencies.

According to him, “Germany was one of the main drivers behind the formation of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator last year, that was designed as an “endgame” to this pandemic, and has continued to be a leading advocate for solidarity and equity in the global response.

“We very much appreciate Germany’s announcement of €1.5 billion in funding for the multilateral response to the pandemic, including the ACT Accelerator, at the G7 leaders’ meeting last week. I also admire that Germany learnt its own lessons from the pandemic, all of us have to learn from it, this pandemic is unprecedented”, he said.

He welcomed the announcement by Chancellor Merkel last year that her government will invest 4 billion euros by 2026 in strengthening Germany’s public health capacities. “President Steinmeier and I also had a very good discussion about ways to strengthen WHO and global health security.

“The International Treaty on Pandemic Preparedness and Response that has been proposed by Charles Michel, the President of the European Council. I would like to use this opportunity to thank my friend Charlie. This proposed treaty would provide the framework to strengthen collaboration between nations and people”, he added.

Dr Tedros further said that he had discussion over the ongoing plans to establish a WHO centre for public health intelligence and risk analysis in Berlin. Which I agreed with Chancellor Merkel last year.

“Vielen dank once again for your leadership and your partnership. We very much appreciate it, and we look forward to continuing to work with Germany very closely in the months and years ahead as we respond to the pandemic and work together for a healthier, safer, fairer world”. 


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