On June 18, 2020, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael hosted a webinar with some of the most prominent players in the international COVID-19 response, including the Global Financing Facility (GFF), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The organizations explained their distinct roles and described their efforts to tackle the pandemic. The GFF emphasized their focus on ensuring that women and children have access to vital services, while the WHO described its role as normative, providing timely guidance to all states to enable them to respond adequately to the crisis, and convening the different partners for the development of a new vaccine. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed €250 million (US$281 million) to combat COVID-19 and is deeply involved in research efforts to produce a COVID-19 vaccine that can be equitably distributed.
Event website - Institute Clingendael