The European Union, led by the European Commission, is joining forces with Canada, France, Germany, Italy (also incoming G20 presidency), Japan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (also holding the G20 presidency), Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom to host a pledging marathon – the Coronavirus Global Response Initiative (CGRI). This initiative will culminate in a final Global Pledging Summit on Saturday 27 June. So far, €9.8 billion in funds have been raised through donations and contributions with the aim to foster universal access to affordable coronavirus vaccination, treatment and testing.

The recipients of these funding are:

  • The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) for vaccines
  • Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for vaccine deployment (related to coronavirus)
  • Therapeutics Accelerator for therapeutics
  • UNITAID for therapeutics deployment (related to coronavirus)
  • Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) for diagnostics
  • The Global Fund for diagnostics deployment (related to coronavirus)
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) for health systems (related to coronavirus)

It is key that nursing researchers currently working at any of those gather and apply for funds to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate universal health and COVID-19 treatments. This pandemic has demonstrated how nurses have been at the frontline of patient care, reason for which they need to be included through dedicated researchers in the co-creation and implementation of solutions stemming for this programme.

The full list of partners is participating in the CGRI available here.