Canada contributed $300 million on Saturday toward the international fight against COVID-19, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined fellow leaders, activists and philanthropists in calling for a vaccine to be distributed to the world's neediest people.
Trudeau announced the new funds in another virtual international fundraiser — this one sponsored by an organization, Global Citizen, that raised almost $9.5 billion in pledges.
"COVID-19 has changed the lives of people everywhere, and it has highlighted inequalities around the world," Trudeau said. "None of us have been spared from the effects of COVID-19, and none of us can beat it alone."
Canada's contribution includes $180 million to address the immediate humanitarian and developmental impacts of the pandemic and $120 million toward a new initiative called the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.
The ACT Accelerator was created in April by the World Health Organization, the French government, the European Commission and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to ensure equitable access to medical treatments. It supports organizations, health professionals and businesses in their efforts to develop a vaccine, as well as drug therapies and diagnostic tools to battle the pandemic.