British Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened a UK-hosted virtual Global Vaccine Summit Thursday, calling it "a real moment when the world comes together, uniting humanity in the fight against disease."
"To defeat coronavirus, we must focus our collective ingenuity on the search for a vaccine and ensure that countries, pharmaceutical companies and international partners like the World Health Organization cooperate on a scale beyond anything we've seen before," said Johnson, reports the CNN.
The Global Vaccine Summit hopes to raise at least $7.4 billion for vaccine research.
Johnson asked the participants to make use of the The Vaccine Alliance purchasing power "to make that future vaccine affordable and available to all who need it."
According to Johnson, "the UK is the single biggest donor to the international effort to find a coronavirus vaccine, we will remain the world's leading donor to Gavi, contributing £1.65bn over the next five years."