PM António Costa announced that the country will give 10 million euros to Europe’s effort to develop treatment and a vaccine to stop the new coronavirus.
The money will be given under the global campaign launched by Brussels, trying to raise 7.5 billion euros “to accelerate and scale-up research, development, access and equitable distribution” of a vaccine and other life-saving treatments.
In a press conference given today, Prime Minister António Costa stressed the country already has already joint efforts with scientists, institutes and companies working to find an answer to the pandemic.
Mr Costa also saluted the Portuguese involved in the world’s efforts to find a cure to the Covid-19 disease. “Together, we can win this battle. We can have good reasons to trust in efforts that the Portuguese have already made to fight this pandemic, and we must be grateful for the effort that our health professionals have made to fight this pandemic.”
“But we need to be aware that it is not enough to make efforts at home, we have to join everyone’s efforts to fight this pandemic globally” added the Prime Minister.
The raising campaign counts with the signatures of:
- President of the European Council Charles Michael,
- President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen,
- Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte,
- French President Emmanuel Macron,
- Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and
- Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberb.
“If we can develop a vaccine that is produced by the world, for the whole world, this will be a unique global public good of the 21st century. Together with our partners, we commit to making it available, accessible and affordable to all” says the campaign’s statement.