Thursday 12 March 2020

Dear journalists,WHO/ UN Foundation Media AdvisoryWHO preview on first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response FundEmbargoed until WHO DG’s announcement on Friday 13 MarchToday at 11am ET: EMBARGOED Exclusive WHO preview on first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response FundThis embargoed briefing will preview a major announcement by WHO Director-General on Friday launching historic fund for companies, foundations, and individuals to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.WHAT:Yesterday, 11 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.Tomorrow,  13 March, WHO’s Director-General will launch a new COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the first-of-its-kind fund for companies, foundations and individuals to donate to WHO’s global response to the ongoing outbreak.Today, 12 March at 11am, join WHO and the UN Foundation for an embargoed on-the-record preview of the fund, which is expected to attract millions of dollars in contributions from major companies and will become the leading mechanism worldwide for businesses, philanthropies, and individuals to contribute.WHO has anticipated a need of US$675 million through April alone for preparedness and response efforts. As this outbreak evolves, funding needs are likely to increase. Contributions to the fund will play a critical role in country-level support, including:• Tracking and understanding the spread of the virus,• Ensuring patients get the care they need, and frontline workers get supplies and information.On today’s call, hear from Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, about the fund and how it will support WHO’s global response.News announced on today’s telepresser is embargoed until announced by the Director-General on Friday, March 13.WHO:   Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies ProgrammeElizabeth Cousens, President & CEO, UN FoundationKate Dodson, Vice President for Global Health Strategy, UN FoundationWHEN: Today, Thursday March 12, 11am ETHOW: To join the telepresser, call 1-877-271-1828 (U.S.) or 1-334-323-9871 (International), Passcode: 22978Best Regards,WHO Media

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