Global Citizen Mobilizes Over $1.5B in Cash Grants and $5.4B in Loans and Guarantees for a Total of $6.9B Pledged for COVID-19 Relief

'Global Goal: Unite for Our Future' mobilized over $6.9 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable.

  • 29 June 2020
  • 25 min read
Credit: March 31, 2020 - MADAGASCAR. With Madagascar’s health system under strain from the COVID-19 pandemic and schools shuttered for the foreseeable future, the health, education, and overall well-being of the Malagasy people are increasingly at risk. World Bank / Henitsoa Rafalia
Credit: March 31, 2020 - MADAGASCAR. With Madagascar’s health system under strain from the COVID-19 pandemic and schools shuttered for the foreseeable future, the health, education, and overall well-being of the Malagasy people are increasingly at risk. World Bank / Henitsoa Rafalia


Global Goal: Unite for Our Future mobilized more than $1.5 billion in new grants and $5.4 billion in loans and guarantees, for a total of $6.9 billion pledged to provide equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines, as well as support for the world’s poorest and most marginalized communities.

The campaign was launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to get the world back on track to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The monumental commitments secured through the Global Citizen campaign include:

  • $1.3 billion to address the health-related impact of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, including at least $389 million in support for the ACT Accelerator.
  • $236 million to address the broader effects of the pandemic on the world's most marginalized and disadvantaged communities.
  • $5.4 billion [€4.9 billion] in loans and guarantees, made available by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, to support the world’s most fragile economies in recovering from COVID-19 and achieving the SDGs.
  • More than 250 million vaccine doses for the world's poorest countries.
  • Financial and political support from 41 government leaders — including all G7 member states, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union (EU), the United Nations, and the African Union — to the ACT Accelerator; the equitable allocation of tests, treatments, and vaccines; and the global mechanism for a coordinated procurement of vaccines and universal access to affordable vaccination.

The COVID-19 pandemic is an enormous global crisis, with unprecedented health and economic impacts. This virus knows no borders, and the full impact on the world’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations is still yet to be known.

The Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign was a collective effort led by Global Citizens, the European Commission, world leaders, artists, corporate leaders, and philanthropists to inspire and make commitments for better health and stronger economies.

Combining policy and entertainment, the summit and concert aired in more than 180 countries, and streamed globally across Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Commitment and announcements were made by governments: Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, ECOWAS, European Union, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the State of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Commitments and announcements were also made by our corporate and philanthropic partners: Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation, Citi, Colgate Palmolive, FIFA Foundation, Google, IHS Markit, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Rockefeller Foundation, SAP, Serum Institute of India, Takeda, Verizon, Vodafone, and the Wallace Global Fund.

Global Goal: Unite for Our Future Called on Global Citizens to Protect Everyone, Everywhere

The COVID-19 pandemic has furthered the global conversation about inequities in health care and access to it worldwide. It has led the world to look at what it will take to truly achieve good health and well-being for all. To ensure that no future pandemic causes the same devastation that COVID-19 has, we must strengthen structural, systemic, and economic resilience in the poorest countries.

This year, Global Citizens have taken almost 800,000 actions to fight coronavirus and protect the most vulnerable people from its impact. Global Goal: Unite for Our Future called on Global Citizens to use their collective voice to drive change by tackling the enormous injustices in our world.

The campaign culminated in a unifying concert. It was a show about the world, for the world.

Commitments made during the Global Goal Unite: for Our Future Summit will be directed to the urgent and unprecedented work currently taking place to produce and equitably distribute therapies, testing, and a vaccine to eradicate COVID-19.

The World Unites in Support of the Act Accelerator and the Network of International Response, Relief, and Support Organizations

Global Goal: Unite for Our Future mobilized more than $1.5 billion in new grants and $5.4 billion in loans and guarantees for a total of $6.9 billion pledged to help the world's poorest communities respond to COVID-19.

Out of the $1.5 billion mobilized to address the health-related impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, $389 million will go in direct support to the core ACT Accelerator activities. The ACT Accelerator has brought together all the key organizations aiming to develop essential health products and ensure they are distributed equitably through rapid and ambitious action to develop, test, bring to market, procure, and distribute new diagnostics, drugs, and technologies, as well as taking steps to help ensure health systems can deliver these tools to the people who need them.

The organizations working as part of the ACT Accelerator team include:

  • The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI) is coordinating and funding the development of nine vaccine candidates in labs around the world.
  • Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which has already protected a generation of children from disease, and is now leading the global effort to ensure everyone, everywhere has access to the eventual COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) is leading efforts to accelerate development and access to diagnostics as part of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is leading and coordinating the global response to COVID-19, helping all countries prevent, detect, and respond, especially where needs are greatest.
  • The Therapeutics Accelerator is coordinating critical research and development efforts, removing barriers to drug development, and scaling up treatments to address the pandemic.
  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria is working to pool funds to lower the cost of, and signal demand for, the diagnostics and therapeutics developed for COVID-19.
  • UNITAID, a global health initiative working to bring about innovations to prevent, diagnose, and treat major diseases in low- and middle-income countries, with an emphasis on tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and HIV/AIDS and its deadly co-infection.

In addition to supporting health-related responses to this pandemic, the Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign has also mobilized $236 million to address the broader effects of the pandemic on the world's most marginalized and disadvantaged communities.

The work of campaign beneficiaries — such as Education Cannot Wait, the World Food Programme, UNICEF, the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and others will provide aid to global education, food and nutrition, economic development, and more.

Additionally, Global Citizen helped mobilize funds for organizations working to end racial inequality. Over $13 million was mobalized for Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Equal Justice Initiative, which tackle issues ranging from mass incarceration and wrongful conviction, to structural inequity and minority support.

More Than 250 Million Vaccines Promised for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Time is of the essence and vaccines typically take around six to eight years to develop. Developing a COVID-19 vaccine within 18 months will require major support for numerous labs and scientists working in partnership around the world. 

There are currently more than 220 vaccine candidates in development and many will fail.

By supporting the ACT Accelerator, the global community is reinforcing the vaccine pillar’s role in making sure the most promising vaccines are developed as rapidly as possible, manufactured at the right volumes without compromising on safety, and delivered to those that need them most.

As part of those efforts, the Serum Institute of India (SII) has committed 50% of their COVID-19 vaccine production capacity to low- and middle- income countries. The pledge will ensure more than 250 million doses of a vaccine will be reserved for the world's most vulnerables nations. And the Developing Countries’ Vaccine Manufacturers Network, an industry spread over Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, has “dedicated [its] production capacity of billions of doses of COVID vaccines, when available, to all countries, including those served by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.”

40 Governments and Key International Intergovernmental Forums Committed to Global COVID-19 Relief

All G7 member states, the EU, the UN, the African Union, ECOWAS, and the majority of G20 member states expressed support for the ACT Accelerator and equitable allocation of vaccines, by cooperating to ensure critical measures are taken to combat COVID-19 to leave no one behind.

“Vaccines, tests, and medicines must be available, affordable, and accessible to all people around the world. We have already made good progress, but we have not yet reached this goal,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

By working together with a clear plan to protect the world's most vulnerable communities, international cooperation will ensure treatments, vaccines, and diagnostics are shared equitably to everyone, everywhere with access to the necessary economic, educational, and basic resources they need. 

“Someday, when the COVID-19 is behind us, we would like it to be said that we, the nations of the world and people of this world, stood together to defeat he coronavirus — where there is unity there is always victory,” Cyril Ramaposa, president of South Africa and chair of the African Union, said.

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Health Tawfiq Al-Rabiah also supported the campaign.

“This event highlights the critical importance of ensuring that everyone, everyone in the world has access to covid19 test, treatments and therapeutics,” Al-Rabiah said.

Global Citizen welcomes the steps taken by 41 global governments that showcase leadership and solidarity. 

‘We will overcome this crisis together, and we will recover better for a healthier, fairer, and more sustainable world,” Giuseppe Conte, prime minister of Italy, said.

Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Chung Sye-kyun added that “the Korean Government believes that international solidarity and cooperation is the best way to overcome the pandemic.”

Countries working together can lead to collective solutions that work to tackle humanity’s greatest challenges.

“More than ever, we need the WHO, global unity, and partnerships like the one between the European Commission and Global Citizen to ensure that new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and people’s vaccines are safe, effective, and affordable,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said. “Most importantly, they need to be fully funded and immediately accessible to all.”

Global Goal: Unite for Our Future showcased the overwhelming results of international cooperation, as world leaders united to protect the world's most vulnerable people from COVID-19.

“This pandemic threatens every one of us,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. “Defeating it is the most important shared endeavor of our times, and when we do so, it will not be a victory for one nation — but a triumph for all humanity.”

While the financial commitments are important in addressing immediate and short-term needs, this campaign has helped raise awareness of the importance of long-term funding, leadership by global corporations, and multilateralism.

The scope of aid needed to mitigate the global impacts of COVID-19 are unprecedented.

Strong political commitments made by world leaders are critical to ensuring further investments in addressing the human and economic impact of the COVID-19. Effective policies will also help nations, communities, and global systems recover in a way that is inclusive and equitable.

Global Goal: Unite for Our Future called on global leaders to announce policy commitments to protect communities, build resilience and strengthen health systems, and to prevent future pandemics.

In the spirit of collaboration and solidarity, government leaders showed their support for Global Goal: Unite for Our Future by pledging new grants and policy commitments.

BANGLADESH committed $50,000 to the development of vaccines.

“I am pleased to announce a contribution of $50,000 to flag our solidarity with this initiative of supporting the development and availability of safe and effective vaccines [and] more importantly, equitable access to health care and to combat the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the marginalized communities,” Foreign Minister of Bangladesh A. K. Abdul Momen said.

BELGIUM committed €11.5 million to the World Food Programme and €4 million to the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

“In these trying times, we realize how vulnerable we are, and the fact that no one will be safe until everyone is safe,” Sophie Wilmès, prime minister of Belgium, said.

CANADA pledged $120 million CAD for the ACT Accelerator, and $180 million CAD for COVID-19 humanitarian and development aid.

“None of us have been spared by COVID-19, and none of us can beat it alone,” Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, said.

DENMARK committed $16 million DKK to the UNFPA. 

”We need to join forces to ensure that everyone has access to vaccines, treatments, and strong health systems,” Rasmus Prehn, Denmark’s minister for Development Cooperation, said.

THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS) committed $25 million over five years towards multisectoral human capital development, which will support critical COVID-19 relief efforts across West Africa. Of this funding, $15 million will be for education and skills development, with $10 million for human capital. 

“The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is committed to promoting human capital for the people of West Africa, by prioritizing quality education and skills development, health, food and nutrition, clean water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as gender equality across the region,” Finda Koroma, vice-president of the ECOWAS Commission, said.

EUROPEAN UNION and the European Investment Bank committed $5.4 billion [€4.9 billion] in loans and guarantees to support the world’s most fragile economies in recovering from COVID-19 and achieving the SDGs.

“Team Europe will pledge €4.9 billion for vulnerable countries to recover from the pandemic —Europe will also help to ensure that vaccines, tests, and treatments are available and affordable to all who need them,” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said.

FINLAND committed €6 million at Global Goal: Unite for Our Future — pledging €3 million to Education Cannot Wait and €3 million towards the World Food Programme. 

“COVID-19 has closed down the world. Still, aid workers and equipment must reach their destinations,” Ville Skinnari, minister for development cooperation and foreign trade Finland, said.

GERMANY committed €383 million to support the COVID-19 response. Of this funding, €150 million is earmarked for the Global Fund’s Response Mechanism, and €233 million will be going to organizations helping people in developing countries cope with the impacts of the pandemic. 

“Vaccines, tests, and medicines must be available, affordable, and accessible to all people around the world. We have already made good progress, but we have not yet reached this goal,” Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, said.

LUXEMBOURG committed €800,000 towards the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator. 

“With its research and development efforts, this initiative is crucially removing barriers to drug developments and scaling up treatments to address the pandemic, and eventually find the vaccine and cure,” Xavier Bettel, prime minister of Luxembourg, said.

THE NETHERLANDS committed €25 million towards equitable vaccines.

“It is essential to maximize access to safe and effective vaccines around the world and to ensure that no one is left behind,” Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands, said.

NORWAY committed $10 million to Gavi’s Advance Market Commitment for COVID-19 Vaccines to ensure tests, treatments, and vaccines are available to everyone. 

“Vaccines, when ready, need to be fairly distributed throughout the world,” Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway, said.

STATE OF QATAR pledged $10 million to the WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

"It is now, more than ever, that the scaling up of international support and political commitment is needed to ensure access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines for all," Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, said.

SERBIA committed €100,000 to CEPI for vaccine research and development. 

“It is vital that we stay on course - efforts like the Global Goal Unite campaign remind us that we are not alone in this struggle and we are stronger together,” minister of European Integration in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Jadranka Joksimović said.

SPAIN committed €10 million to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).

“We are reaffirming the principles of the ACT Accelerator to eradicate COVID in an equitable manner,”Pedro Sánchez, prime minister of Spain, said.

SWEDEN committed €46 million to support the leadership and guidance of the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. 

“Inequalities within countries and between countries make us more vulnerable and make vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics accessible to everyone, based on needs not means,” Stefan Löfven, prime minister of Sweden, said.

SWITZERLAND committed €20 million to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UNFPA, the World Food Programme, and UNICEF. 

Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation emphasized that, “The COVID-19 pandemic is a stress test for our solidarity,: and called for “investing in diagnostic, therapies, and vaccines. and global emergency response.”

THE UNITED STATES committed $545 million towards COVID-19 relief efforts.

“Together, we must work in an open, transparent, and supportive manner to build a safer, more resilient world. We must be the true multilateralist in the best sense of the word, working toward the common good,” United States ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft, said.

BARBADOS asked that the world come together in solidarity, calling on nations to consider the needs of and to ensure access for the nations of the Caribbean.  

“Let us rise to the occasion and show COVID-19 no surrender, no retreat,” prime minister of Barbados, Mia Mottle, said.

EL SALVADOR called for international solidarity by committing to join efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“No country was ready to face such a big challenge as this, humanity was not ready to face such a big challenge as this. But together, we can win the battle against the virus,” Nayib Bukele. El Savador’s President said.

FRANCE stressed the need to speed up the design and production of diagnostics, treatments, and vaccine resources, and to guarantee safe, equitable, and universal access to them and to strengthen health systems.

"Inclusive Alliance for Vaccines will make it possible to pre-finance the development of vaccines, to ensure access to the greatest number of people at the lowest cost, not only in Europe but also for the benefit of the most fragile populations throughout the world,” President Macron said.

GREECE committed to make the vaccine a global public good and accessible to all.

“When the threat is universal, its treatment must also be universal,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis, prime minister of Greece, said.

ICELAND committed to the equitable distribution and access to vaccines for everyone, everywhere. 

“No one will be safe until everyone in the world has equitable access to a vaccine,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson said.

INDIA - “India stands ready to contribute its research and manufacturing capacity, as well as the best practices we have developed for expanding immunization and health care within our vast population, for the benefit of the world,” Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said.

ISRAEL committed to global cooperation to ensure access to vaccines, treatments, and testing, with a special focus on Africa.

“We stand ready to work with you and others to ensure access to vaccines, treatments, and testing, with a special focus on Africa, as part of our global solidarity,” Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, said.

ITALY will continue to support cooperative actions, international solidarity, and the global response to defeat COVID-19. 

“Today Italy commits to further accelerate global cooperation for universal and equitable access to all COVID-19 tools as a global public good ,” said president Guiseppe Conte.

JAPAN committed to international cooperation, and to ensuring vulnerable and developing nations are prioritized during the pandemic.

“In order to make a turnaround in this battle, it is critical to speed up research and development, and global manufacturing capacity for vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics, ensuring equitable global access for all to those essential tools,” Shinzō Abe, prime minister of Japan, said.

THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA committed to ensure universal access to vaccines and therapeutics.

“I would like to thank the European Commission and Global Citizen for their continued efforts to accelerate the development of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics,” said Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun.

THE STATE OF KUWAIT reaffirmed its commitment to support all international efforts aimed at expediting the process of manufacturing the vaccine and ensuring its fair distribution to those in need.

“Only together will we be able to realize our goal of the facilitation of equitable access to treatment and vaccination, in addition to further developing diagnosis capabilities,” minister of foreign affairs Ahmad asser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, representative of prime minister Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, said. 

LITHUANIA stressed the importance of global solidarity and cooperation to ensure the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostic, treatment, and health care. 

“Lithuania is ready to join the scientific efforts and remains committed to working together with the international community in responding effectively to the COVID-19 crisis,” minister of health for Lithuania, Aurelijus Veryga said.

MALTA committed to equitable allocation of the vaccines to ensure that it reaches everyone, once it becomes available. 

“If and when [a vaccine] becomes available, we must ensure it reaches everyone,” prime minister of Malta, Robert Abela, said.

MEXICO committed to focus efforts on the world's most vulnerable groups and on equitable distribution of vaccines.

“The government of Mexico participated in ... the global summit of the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) in order to guarantee equitable access to health technologies for the COVID-19 [and] is part of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the core of international efforts to accelerate the development of the vaccine against COVID-19,” Martha Delgado Peralta, Government of Mexico.

NEW ZEALAND committed to implementing efforts that will ensure that developing countries will have access to vaccines where they need them to protect their communities.

“This is a time for us to come together to achieve a global solution. As long as one person is at risk from COVID-19, we are all at risk,” prime minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, said.

NIGERIA committed to support the global efforts in ensuring health security in an equitable manner.

“We have to have new thinking on how we work on health security. This new thinking has to include equitable access to funding to other resources needed for the response ,” said Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, CEO of the Nigerian CDC.

THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION expressed the “readiness to supply the global market with direct antiviral agents, products, tests, and vaccines.” Based on the statement by the Russian minister of health, Mikhail Murashko.

SAINT VINCENT AND GRENADINES called for a fair and effective allocation of resources and vaccines.

“We emphasize the global partnership, fair and effective allocation of resources and of the vaccines, when it becomes available,  universal treatment especially for those who suffer most from this dreadful disease,” said Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.

THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA committed to the global effort to ensure that everyone in the world has access to COVID-19  testing, treatments, and therapeutics. 

“Our united efforts must work to lessen the impacts of this pandemic on the world’s most vulnerable and to support the sustainable development goals on education, hunger, gender equality, and extreme poverty,” Tawfig Al-Rabiah, Minister of Health, Saudi Arabia said.

SINGAPORE looks forward to working multilaterally to promote a coordinated global response to develop effective vaccines quickly, and to ensure their fair and expeditious distribution to all. 

“Singapore hopes to collaborate with like-minded parties to support key initiatives like the access to COVID-19 tools Accelerator, the ACT Accelerator, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility, or COVAX, as friends of the facility,” prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC - “Slovakia isn’t standing aside — we are in this together and together we shall overcome,” president of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Čaputová, said.

SLOVENIA committed to transparent and inclusive international policies towards development, manufacturing, and distribution of vaccines and medicines.

“Future COVID-19 medical treatments and vaccines should become a global public good — accessible in an affordable, equitable, and timely manner to everyone,” State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia, said.

SOUTH AFRICA committed to support global diagnostic and therapeutic supply chains, access to global care and therapeutics, and to ensure no country is left behind.

“As the world searches for a vaccine to cure the coronavirus, we must guarantee that this vaccine is available to all once it is developed,” Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa, said.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES committed to impactful international cooperation and making a vaccine available not only to those who can afford it, but those who cannot.

“We’ve championed the fair and effective allocation of treatment, prioritizing healthcare workers and vulnerable groups in society,” Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation said.

UNITED KINGDOM committed to ensuring a COVID-19 vaccine is universally available.

“If and when an effective vaccine is found, wherever it is found, whoever finds it, then we as world leaders have a moral duty to ensure that it is truly available to all,” UK prime minister, Boris Johnson said.

The below funding commitments and announcements were mobilized with the help of our corporate, philanthropic, and organizational partners to whom we are grateful for their support.

The CITI FOUNDATION committed $10 million to LISC, helping small businesses in low-income communities rebound from this pandemic. This commitment is part of Citi and the Citi Foundation’s larger $100 million global COVID-19 relief effort.

THE FIFA FOUNDATION committed to the Global Fund in support of its COVID-19 response, helping to ensure low- and middle-income countries have access to health services. This marks the start of a longer-term partnership to fight the impact of COVID-19, save lives, and protect hard-won gains in the fight against HIV, TB, and malaria.

GAVI, THE VACCINE ALLIANCE will receive in-kind support from TransferWise, whose support will allow people from around the world to contribute towards their Advance Market Commitment for Covid-19 Vaccines, as well as funding from a private foundation, whose support will ensure life-saving vaccines reach those who need them most.

GOOGLE committed to increase their support of the WHO with an additional $25 million in ad grants, to ensure that authoritative, timely, and locally-relevant information on health measures, therapies, and vaccines reach everyone who needs it, including those who have less access.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON has announced the acceleration of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, with clinical trials beginning in July 2020. In addition to building up manufacturing capacities and supporting frontline health care workers, Johnson & Johnson will continue to forge strong global partnerships to ensure worldwide access to COVID-19 treatments once they become available

THE MINDEROO FOUNDATION in Australia committed $5 million AUD to the International COVID-19 Data Alliance — a collaboration through the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator with the Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Health Data Research UK, and other partners to ensure the world’s medical researchers share vital knowledge, not only for COVID-19, but future pandemics and other diseases.

A PRIVATE DONOR committed $10 million in funding to the WHO to support the African Regional Office (AFRO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in their efforts to fight COVID-19 with a focus on women and girls.

PROCTER & GAMBLE committed more than $10 million in product donations, COVID-19 testing kits, and financial support to a variety of regional and local organizations as part of their COVID-19 response and Take On Race initiatives. Their generous contributions will support the efforts of international and regional responders, including Americares, CARE,  Feeding America, In Kind Direct, International Medical Corps, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Matthew 25: Ministries, National Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, Save the Children, and United Way. These organizations work to provide communities with the necessary resources to survive the pandemic, fight for justice, advance economic opportunity, enable greater access to education and health care, and make  communities more equitable.

THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION committed to increase their investment in data driven global COVID-19 response efforts by $50 million to ensure that everyone, especially the world’s most vulnerable, has equal access to COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccines.

SAP is dedicating significant resources to inclusive education, economic opportunity, and social justice reform. They commit to powering this movement in partnership with Equal Justice Initiative, PYXERA Global, Acumen, and others.

THE SERUM INSTITUTE OF INDIA (SII) committed 50% of their COVID-19 vaccine production capacity to low- and middle- income countries. The pledge will ensure that over 250 million doses of a vaccine will be reserved for the world's most vulnerable countries. 

UNFPA, the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, received commitments from TAKEDA ($4.6 million) to maintain essential services so that women and their babies survive and thrive, and from JOHNSON & JOHNSON ($1 million) and RECKITT BENCKISER (£1 million) to support midwives to make sure that every birth is safe.

UNICEF received commitments from IHS MARKIT ($1.7 million) to support UNICEF’s COVID-19 response in Nigeria and from COLGATE PALMOLIVE ($4 million in in-kind product) to 12 countries as part of UNICEF’s water and sanitation response to COVID-19.

USHER announced that he will donate his proceeds from the "I Cry" song, performed for the very first time during Global Goal: Unite for Our Future — The Concert, to LISC, a core Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign partner.

As part of Global Goal: Unite for Our Future, VERIZON has strengthened its long-time commitment to education through a $1 million commitment to Education Cannot Wait. As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is an important time to provide critical tools to the teachers and students who need them most.

VODAFONE has committed to vastly expand their networks, reaching millions of people worldwide through the installation of 11,000 additional 4G sites. This increased technology will help support the SDGs by providing additional network access to essential education initiatives, frontline health care, and other critical public services around the world.

THE WALLACE GLOBAL FUND (WGF) committed 20% of its endowment this year to address the unprecedented challenges the world faces as a result of the global pandemic. WGF also announced its partnership with Global Citizen’s Give While You Live campaign, challenging peers in philanthropy to double their own giving to support resilience and relief efforts at the nexus of systems change, infrastructural development, and equitable health and energy access.

International cooperation is the first step in ensuring the protection of the world's citizens.

Global Goal: Unite for Our Future has mobilized new grants and critical political support to develop tests, treatments, and a vaccine for COVID-19; to ensure global health systems are strong enough to support everyone, everywhere; and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the achievement of the SDGs, thus helping the poorest communities build back better.

One of the key focuses of this campaign was support to the work of the ACT Accelerator, which has created a global plan to develop and equitably distribute tests, treatments, and vaccines. On Friday,  the ACT Accelerator released a fast, fair, and effective plan aimed at bringing the world together to address the shared objective of ending the pandemic for everyone.

This plan will ultimately cost $31.3 billion, a gap that is required to be funded in the next 12 months to ensure that these tools are developed and distributed to those in need, and that no country is left behind.

The total cost of the work planned by the ACT Accelerator’s partners is less than what the global economy is losing each month.

The COVID-19 response must be global.

The support shown by 40 governments, all G7 member states, the EU, the UN, the ECOWAS, and the majority of G20 states illustrates that key stakeholders are ready to work together for the common good. The pandemic has caused a drop in global gross domestic product (GDP), which is projected to force another 420 million people into extreme poverty.

While it is first and foremost a health crisis, the pandemic has also led to an education crisis, an employment and economic crisis, a crisis of hunger and poverty and, in some countries, a crisis of governance and political stability.

It is critical that no country be allowed to hoard the essential tools needed to end the coronavirus pandemic — we know this is just the beginning, with billions more in funding needed this year alone.

Pandemics affect the whole of humanity, which is why global institutions and governments must work together to ensure at-risk communities and health workers are prioritized as these tools become available.

By pooling our resources and funding in support of this essential work, the world will overcome this challenge together.



This article was first published by Global Citizen on 27 June 2020.