April 24, 2020 / 2:26 PM / a month ago

Global leaders back WHO's plan to speed COVID-19 drugs, vaccines

GENEVA, April 24 (Reuters) - Global leaders voiced their support on Friday for a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative to speed the development of drugs and vaccines to tackle COVID-19.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the disease pandemic caused by the new coronavirus was the “biggest global threat the world has faced in a generation”, while Spain voiced strong support for the WHO’s “central role” in handling it.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Mike Shields in Geneva, Kate Kelland in London. Editing by Jon Boyle

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