Perspectives on the global response to the 2019 novel coronavirus
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There is no such thing as a national solution to a global crisis. All countries must work together to end the pandemic and begin rebuilding economies.
Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates
Co-chairs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This global crisis requires a shared global response: Collaboration is paramount to overcoming unprecedented challenges and consigning COVID-19 to the history books. Together, we can ensure a safe and effective vaccine is distributed equitably and affordably for every last person on earth—not just those with ability to pay. The virus does not adhere to borders, and neither can the vaccine. A global response must also aim to build more resilient health systems that protect the world’s most vulnerable and prevent future disease outbreaks.

We’re sharing the latest updates on our response to COVID-19, reflections from our leaders and partners, as well as the stories that keep us optimistic.

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Highlights of our response to COVID-19

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