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H.S.H. Prince Albert II supports the European Union initiative against Covid-19

H.S.H. Prince Albert II supports the European Union’s initiative to provide a global response to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.  

This Monday, 4 May 2020, in response to the joint call launched by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and global players in the health sector with the aim of having rapid and equitable access to screening tests, treatments and vaccines against coronavirus, the European Union, in association with various international partners, organised an online International Conference of donors - coronavirus global response.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II supported this initiative alongside many Heads of State and Government*, including, in particular, French President E. Macron, German Chancellor A. Merkel, Prime Ministers of Japan S. Abe, of Canada J. Trudeau, of the United Kingdom B. Johnson, of Israel B. Netanyahu and the President of the Italian Council G. Conte.

Participating in this online conference through a video message, His Excellency the Sovereign Prince recalled that the Principality has always held its place in the concert of Nations in the humanitarian fields where international solidarity is demonstrated. "This is why the Principality of Monaco, in solidarity, is committing itself today to contribute to this common effort". 

He also stressed the vital importance of ensuring equitable access to essential medical technologies for the fight against the virus for all, through mobilisation on a global scale. “I am convinced that it is only together and united that we will be able to overcome this ordeal which has no equivalent in our recent history. Together and united, we will also have the opportunity to steer the future towards a more sustainable and inclusive path.”

Donations collected by the European Union, which aims to reach 7.5 billion euros by the end of May, will be used to create and develop effective diagnostics, treatments and a vaccine available worldwide for an affordable price.

On the evening of 4 May the European Union declared that it had already raised 7.4 billion euros in the form of pledges.

Part of the funds collected by Monaco will specifically support the actions of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) which the Monegasque Cooperation has been collaborating with for many years.

*Norway, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, South Africa, Turkey, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Portugal, Croatia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Ireland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Australia, Denmark, Greece, Austria, Malta, Belgium, Latvia, South Korea, Mexico, Kuwait, Slovenia, Lithuania, Oman, Finland, Romania, China, United Arab Emirates.

You can find the full video message by H.S.H. Prince Albert II on the Facebook page of the Palace of Monaco (in french).

H.S.H. Prince Albert II supports the European Union initiative against Covid-19