COVID-19 Summit Sees Progress On Test-And-Treat, IP Licensing, & Funding Commitments
$712m More Pledged For World Bank Pandemic Preparedness Fund
Announcements at the second Global COVID-19 Summit included a technology licensing agreement for vaccine and diagnostic products developed by the US NIH, a new partnership to boost the use of testing and antiviral treatments in less wealthy countries, and a flurry of new funding pledges from organizations and companies alike.
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