United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres called on countries to support a $ 6.7 billion fundraiser for the fight against coronavirus. “My message is simple. We had a good start. Now it’s time to develop this undertaking. We need $ 6.7 billion to protect millions of people and to prevent the virus from spreading around the world, ”he said in a statement broadcast on the UN website on Thursday, May 7.
According to UN Deputy Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, this is exactly the amount needed to carry out a humanitarian response. It includes a pandemic program in “poorly protected states” – Benin, Djibouti, Liberia, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Zimbabwe.
Guterres noted that humanitarian assistance is not only a “moral imperative, but it is also a practical need to fight the virus.” At the moment, more than half of the previously requested $ 2 billion has been raised.
Earlier, on Monday, May 4, Guterres announced that combating the coronavirus pandemic could require more than € 37.5 billion.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, began in late December last year in Wuhan, China. According to Worldometer data, on May 7, more than 3.8 million cases of coronavirus infection, 266 thousand deaths and 1.3 million recovered were recorded in the world