During a global online conference organized by the European Commission, the Visegrád countries of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia pledged €3 million to the coronavirus treatment effort.
The ‘Coronavirus Global Response’ video conference held on Monday was organized around donors who are willing to fund the development of quick access to diagnostics, therapy and vaccines for the coronavirus.
The European Commission and its partners organized a worldwide marathon for pledging financial support declarations.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that Poland and its Visegrád allies were pledging €3 million to the development of affordable treatment and vaccines against the coronavirus.
“I hope, that this input will be a significant step in the direction of a European victory over the pandemic and will create the foundations for future cooperation in similar issues,” the prime minister said during the online conference.
Today the world is coming together.
The partners are many, the goal is one: to defeat the coronavirus.
— European Commission #UnitedAgainstCoronavirus (@EU_Commission) May 4, 2020
The Polish prime minister underlined that Poland has supported a strong united European answer to the pandemic since the very beginning. He was pleased by the new initiative and emphasized that despite the pressure it is facing, Poland is determined to help countries in greater need.
Morawiecki noted that Poland has already assisted several countries around the world with humanitarian and development help.
“Our medical teams are helping countries such as Italy, Kyrgyzstan, and the United States. We deliver medical equipment and support humanitarian and development programs worth €3.8 million in the Eastern Partnership countries,” he explained.
The head of Polish government also pointed out that since 2019, Poland has financed projects worth almost €7 million. These projects strengthen healthcare, sanitation, water accessibility, and societal immunity building in Africa, the Middle East and the Eastern Partnership.
Morawiecki stressed that Poland supports the European approach to the pandemic and the allocating of funds from Horizon Europe for research on treatment of the coronavirus.