U.S. steers clear as global COVID-19 pledging conference begins

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World leaders launched a pledging “marathon” on Monday – without the United States – to raise at least 7.5 billion euros ($8.2 billion) for research into a possible vaccine and treatments for the coronavirus.

Organisers included the European Union, non-EU states Britain and Norway, as well as Japan, Canada and Saudi Arabia. They aim to raise funds over several weeks or months, building on efforts by the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and wealthy individuals.

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U.S. steers clear as global COVID-19 pledging conference begins


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