World leaders pledge $8 billion in fight against coronavirus, EU says

“In the space of just few hours we have collectively pledged 7.4 billion euros ($8.07 billion) for vaccine, diagnostics and treatment” against COVID-19, von der Leyen said.

FILE: Newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks as she attends a news conference after a vote on her election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France on 16 July 2019. Picture: AFP.

BRUSSELS - World leaders promised $8 billion on Monday for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said at the end of a pledging event that she chaired.

“In the space of just few hours we have collectively pledged 7.4 billion euros ($8.07 billion) for vaccine, diagnostics and treatment” against COVID-19, von der Leyen said.

“This will help kick-start unprecedented global cooperation,” she added.