EC mobilises €232 million to tackle outbreak of corona virus
On 24 February 2020, the European Commission announced a new package to support global preparedness, prevention and containment of the COVID-19 virus worth €232 million. €100 million will go to urgently needed research related to diagnostics, therapeutics and prevention, including. €90 million will be mobilised through the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a partnership between the EU and the pharmaceutical industry. The partnership plans to launch a call on COVID-19 in early March. A webinar on the call will be held on 4 March.The call text can be found here.
€10 million have been announced for a € 10 million Horizon 2020 call for research into corona virus on 31 January 2020.
The rest of the budget will be allocated to support the World Health Organization (WHO), in particular the global preparedness and response global plan (€114 million). €15 million are planned to be allocated in Africa, including to the Institute Pasteur Dakar, Senegal to support measures such as rapid diagnosis and epidemiological surveillance. A smaller amount willl be allocated to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for repatriation flights of EU citizens from Wuhan, China (€3 million).