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Amir pledges $20 million towards global efforts to develop COVID-19 vaccine
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Amir pledges $20 million towards global efforts to develop COVID-19 vaccine

QNA
Doha
HH The Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Thursday announced Qatar’s pledge of $20 million to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).
HH The Amir called upon the international community to work jointly to ensure fairness in providing necessary medicines and medical equipment to all countries. 
HH The Amir further reiterated the support of Qatar to the World Health Organization (WHO) for its coordinating efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote global readiness to confront infectious diseases in the future.
This was stated during HH The Amir’s speech at the Global Vaccine Summit 2020 held virtually from London with the participation of a number of heads of states and governments, representatives of countries, heads of international and regional organizations and directors of many world companies supporting programmes of “GAVI”. 
“COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an unprecedented challenge and threat to all humanity at all levels. In the absence of an effective vaccine or cure, some countries and societies have found themselves faced with the choice between two options both of which are bitter to swallow: either to seek prevention by lockdowns that may cripple the economy, or put the lives of people at risk by opting not to sacrifice the economy,” HH The Amir said.
“Some countries have chosen compromising solutions by continuing to coexist with the pandemic and fighting it at the same time.”
HH The Amir said, “This crisis has shown that there is no alternative to international cooperation and exchange of experiences, which necessitate the redoubling of the joint efforts to eliminate COVID-19 with effective vaccines and cures, and preparations for confronting new epidemics in the long run.”
“Qatar has spared no effort to enhance the rapid response to counter the serious repercussions of the crisis, and has promptly taken all preventive procedures and measures to reduce its impact, and protect the citizens and residents on its soil.”
HH The Amir further said, “Based on human solidarity, we have provided medical assistance to more than 20 countries around the world in terms of supplies of medical equipment and construction of field hospitals, in addition to providing $140 million worth of financial contribution for multilateral healthcare institutions working to develop vaccines and ensuring the efficiency of healthcare, especially in the least developed countries.”
“In this context, we call upon the international community to work jointly to ensure fairness in providing necessary medicines and medical equipment to all countries.”
HH The Amir said Qatar reiterates its support to the World Health Organization for its coordinating efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote global readiness to confront infectious diseases in the future.
“I would like to announce a new $20 million pledge from Qatar to GAVI alliance.”
In conclusion, HH The Amir thanked the United Kingdom for organizing this conference, hoping that it will achieve its desired objectives.  
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