Erdoğan joins EU-led efforts for Covid-19 vaccine fund

Following talks held last week with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan joined EU-led efforts for funding the development of a vaccine and treatments for Covid-19.

The Turkish President did not manage to join the virtual pledging conference due to a Cabinet Meeting, however he posted a video on Twitter, pledging his support to the EU-led initiative, which was held on May 4 and raised €7.4 billion.

“The Coronavirus pandemic has ceased to be a mere health crisis and turned into a unique global test with political, economic and social dimensions,” Erdoğan said.

He added that as a G20 agreement was reached in late March, and the country pledged to provide financing for the development of a Covid-19 vaccine, Turkey “considered it a duty to be part of today’s ‘Coronavirus Global Response’ pledging event.

“Covid-19 vaccine must be the shared property of the whole humankind,” the Turkish president added, stressing the need for safeguarding the principle of “leaving no one behind.”

The country is expected to announce the exact amount of its donation on May 23.