In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the European Union (EU) has joined together with global partners to organise a worldwide pledging marathon, set to begin on Monday 4 May. The marathon is part of the Coronavirus Global Response , which is the response to the call to action launched by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other global health actors on 24 April to “Accelerate the Development, Production and Equitable Access to New COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines”.
Read the call to action here .
To support this call to action the EU and its partners aim to raise €7.5 billion in initial funding via the worldwide pledging marathon starting on Monday 4 May 2020. During the marathon countries and organisations around the world will be invited to pledge funds and support for the call to action.
European Commission President von der Leyen said: “We need to bring the world, its leaders and people together against coronavirus. We will launch a global pledging effort. A real marathon. Because beating coronavirus requires a global response and sustained actions on many fronts. We need to develop a vaccine, to produce it and deploy it to every corner of the world. And we need to make it available at affordable prices.”
The 4 May 2020 will mark the start of the marathon and pledges, and also see the European Commission announce the next milestones of a global campaign.
The collected funds will be allocated to three main strands:
Find out more about the effort and how to get involved on the Coronavirus Global Response website: europa.eu/global-response 
Follow #UnitedAgainstCoronavirus  across social media for updates and help raise awareness by sharing information and announcements surrounding the pledging marathon.
Read the original press release in the Commission press corner.