May 4, 2020 / 1:46 PM / 24 days ago

EU to provide 1 billion euros for global vaccine search - Von der Leyen

FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union pledged on Monday 1 billion euros (878 million pounds) for the global search for vaccines and treatment for the novel coronavirus, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a pledging conference.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for any treatment developed to be available to everyone, something the World Health Organization said would be a challenge.

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Reporting by Robin Emmott, Francesco Guarascio; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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