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To Fight Coronavirus International Organisations Come Together To Fund Research

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), $ 657 million (Rs. 4826.3 crore approximately) are required for the coronavirus preparedness and response plan launched by it for China and the other most vulnerable countries

To Fight Coronavirus International Organisations Come Together To Fund Research

New Delhi: The world is currently facing an outbreak of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which started in China in December 2019 and spread to other parts of the world within a few days. As the infection spread, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the crisis a global health emergency on January 30. To fight this health emergency, WHO has launched a preparedness and response plan which requires a sum of $ 657 million (Rs. 4826.3 crore approximately). This has led various organisations like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, European Commission and governments across the globe, to come together and donate funds towards WHO’s plan and other efforts being carried out by various health agencies. The WHO’s Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) for the new coronavirus lays out activities and resources needed by various international health organisations including WHO to implement urgent health measures, with an aim to support countries to prepare and respond to 2019-nCoV. According to a Public Relation Officer of WHO, as of now, the plan period for SPRP is February-April, 2020.

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While talking to the media on Friday during WHO’s daily press conference on coronavirus, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said,

We have been receiving generous donations which we are very grateful for because in the struggle to know more about the new coronavirus and respond to it, every dollar counts. The situation has become a crisis and there is even a global shortage of anti-virus protective gear to save people from the virus.

Earlier during January, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a commitment of $ 10 million for supporting frontline health work in China to accelerate their efforts to contain the global spread of the virus. Later on Wednesday, the Foundation pledged $ 100 million more for the global response to 2019-nCoV.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman said in a statement,

Multilateral organisations, national governments, the private sector and philanthropies must work together to slow the pace of the outbreak, help countries protect their most vulnerable citizens and accelerate the development of the tools to bring this epidemic under control. Our hope is that these resources will help catalyze a rapid and effective international response. This response should be guided by science, not fear, and it should build on the steps that the World Health Organization has taken to date.

According to Country Deputy Director, Brand, Program and Behavioural Communications at India Country Office of the Gates Foundation, Archna Vyas,

The foundation will immediately commit up to $20 million to accelerate the detection, isolation and treatment of people diagnosed with the virus with the goal of interrupting transmission and containing the disease. It will commit up to $60 million to accelerate the discovery, development and testing of vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for 2019-nCoV. The rest will be used to help global partners, such as the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, identify and prioritize research needs, address gaps in the research and development landscape, incentivize product development by biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and ensure that resulting products are safe, effective and made widely available.

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Alibaba founder Jack Ma has pledged $ 14 million to the efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine through his Jack Ma Foundation. About two weeks ago he also announced a donation of $ 144 million to help hospitals buy urgent medical supplies in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus. Donations are also pouring in from Chinese tech giants Baidu, Tencent, Huawei and ByteDance who have together pledged a sum of $ 115 million.

Microsoft, Dell, L’Oreal and Cargill have collectively donated $ 1.4 million to the Chinese Red Cross. The European Commission has also pledged 10 million Euros ($ 10.95 million) for the urgently needed research into coronavirus. The United Kingdom government has donated £20 million ($ 25.85 million) for the cause. Japan has made a contribution of $ 10 million on Friday.

According to WHO, the funds pledged to them, which is $110 million till now, will be used to accelerate the detection, isolation and treatment of people diagnosed with the virus.

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WHO has stated that the funds will be used for developing vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for a long-term impact and for enhancing protection from and prevention of spread of the virus. Dr. Ghebreyesus, during the press conference, said that science has already made some progress towards fighting the virus by knowing more about it. He said,

We have already learnt so much about it. We know its DNA, we know it can be transmitted from one person to other. The most at risk are the elder people and those who have underlined health conditions. Having the genetic sequence of the virus has enabled the rapid development of vaccines and treatments.

WHO has earlier stated that while the organisation is pushing the efforts to respond to the outbreak, the process of developing and testing drugs or vaccines against a new pathogen normally takes many years and is often fraught with pitfalls and failures. It further said that even at the accelerated pace enabled by new technologies, the earliest that scientists hope to be able to start initial human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine is by June this year.

According to the World Health Organisation, since the outbreak there has been 28,276 confirmed cases globally, as on February 6. This includes 28,060 cases in China and 216 cases in 25 countries including India. The death toll has been on a rise too with 564 casualties in China and one in Philippines.

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World

26,71,08,375Cases
22,77,48,418Active
3,40,89,137Recovered
52,70,820Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,71,08,375 and 52,70,820 have died; 22,77,48,418 are active cases and 3,40,89,137 have recovered as on December 8, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,46,48,383 6,822Cases
95,0143,402Active
3,40,79,612 10,004Recovered
4,73,757 220Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,48,383 confirmed cases including 4,73,757 deaths. The number of active cases is 95,014 and 3,40,79,612 have recovered as on December 7, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,39,296 518

10,528 298

64,87,593 811

1,41,175 5

Kerala

51,69,198 3,277

41,386 2,724

50,86,044 5,833

41,768 168

Karnataka

29,98,400 301

7,096 65

29,53,067 359

38,237 7

Tamil Nadu

27,31,235 719

8,013 28

26,86,683 737

36,539 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,852 122

2,030 92

20,57,369 213

14,453 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,485 10

137 3

16,87,437 7

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,722 465

7,590 49

15,92,579 505

19,553 9

Delhi

14,41,398 40

344 26

14,15,955 65

25,099 1

Odisha

10,50,354 105

2,010 144

10,39,921 248

8,423 1

Chhattisgarh

10,07,011 44

337 7

9,93,081 37

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,920 29

221 0

9,45,743 28

8,956 1

Gujarat

8,27,745 38

350 1

8,17,300 37

10,095

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,258 17

137 4

7,82,593 13

10,528

Haryana

7,71,851 32

203 18

7,61,594 14

10,054

Bihar

7,26,244 7

28 2

7,14,126 5

12,090

Telangana

6,77,138 195

3,810 23

6,69,328 171

4,000 1

Assam

6,17,758 182

2,544 54

6,09,088 122

6,126 6

Punjab

6,03,509 21

333 28

5,86,565 46

16,611 3

Jharkhand

3,49,352 10

131 4

3,44,080 6

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,364 11

172 2

3,36,781 13

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,915 108

1,661 45

3,31,771 151

4,483 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,630 112

776 21

2,23,001 90

3,853 1

Goa

1,79,209 35

413 1

1,75,409 34

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,784 330

3,120 19

1,33,156 310

508 1

Puducherry

1,29,093 8

250 30

1,26,968 38

1,875

Manipur

1,25,389 29

341 12

1,23,063 38

1,985 3

Tripura

84,866 8

93 3

83,948 5

825

Meghalaya

84,599 16

246 2

82,878 14

1,475

Chandigarh

65,500 12

62 4

64,618 8

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,294 1

35 1

54,979 2

280

Sikkim

32,374 5

214 1

31,755 6

405

Nagaland

32,140 4

120 3

31,321 1

699

Ladakh

21,723 9

270 25

21,238 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,690 2

3 1

7,558 3

129

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