Saudi Arabia donates $500 mln to coronavirus efforts, includes vaccine research

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Saudi Arabia donates $150 million to support the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GIVA), and $500 million to help international efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud announced on Thursday.

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“Now, more than ever, we must remain united and abide by our responsibilities to address our shared challenges,” the foreign minister said during a virtual meeting with members of GIVA, which was hosted by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“Maintaining human life and protecting their health is an [important] task that deserves all of our contribution, sacrifice, and support in order to achieve a better future of stability and prosperity for our world and for future generations,” he added.

He also noted Saudi Arabia’s efforts to coordinate globally to curb the coronavirus outbreak by hosting a summit with countries around the world to discuss the issue.

The minister also reiterated King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s statements in the G20 virtual summit and said that preserving human health is “at the forefront of the concerns of the Kingdom’s government” and has been made a priority.

Saudi Arabia has provided over $86 billion in aid throughout the last three decades to over 81 countries to help them improve their livelihood and healthcare, al-Saud added.

Saudi Arabia had in April pledged $500 million to international organizations to support the global efforts in combating the coronavirus pandemic.

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