“We are doing big things, but for that we need the support of our society and governments, and we need to invest in science.” Carmen Hurtado, IBEC ResearcherThe aim is to gather significant funding to ensure the collaborative development and universal deployment of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines against coronavirus.
“We are doing big things, but for that we need the support of our society and governments and we need to invest in science.”— European Commission (@EU_Commission) May 18, 2020
Carmen Hurtado, researcher at @IBECBarcelona, tells us why she is joining the Coronavirus #GlobalResponse.#UnitedAgainstCoronavirus pic.twitter.com/QWPV6Vp29m
Funds raisedIn few days, the initiative raised 7.4 Billion Euros, of a total of 7.5 Billion initially planned. The map with the contributions by Countries can be found here. Carmen Hurtado, from the Group of ICREA Professor Núria Montserrat at IBEC in Barcelona contributed to spread the word of the initiative in the social networks. See video by EU with Carmen Hurtado here.
Where the pledges go to:The pledges raised during this initiative will focus on the three most pressing needs:
- New tests to rapidly diagnose the disease. These tests need to be accurate and easily accessible.
- New treatments to minimise symptoms in coronavirus patients, so fewer people have to go to hospital.
- New vaccines to protect people, to prevent the disease from coming back, and to allow us to return to normal life.