UNICEF and Microsoft have launched a Learning Passport platform that facilitates country-level curriculum for children and youth whose schools have been forced to close due to COVID-19. Here you will find a video by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore announcing the launch and calling for more commitments to this issue, as well as from Microsoft’s Brad Smith inviting other countries to make use of this platform.
Bloomberg is contributing £1 million to the London Community Response Fund, a new mechanism to support London’s civil society and cultural groups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With this donation, Bloomberg becomes the fund’s founding corporate partner, building on the £1 million contributed by the Mayor of London and £1m from City Bridge Trust.
The Ford Foundation has joined other philanthropic partners including the New York Community Trust, to establish the $75 million COVID-19 Response NYC fund, to support small and midsize arts and social service nonprofits that provide invaluable services to New Yorkers.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is partnering with Wellcome, Mastercard and Novartis to commit $125 million in seed funding toward an accelerator created to speed up development of treatments for COVID-19.
Johnson & Johnson have qnnounced a Lead Vaccine Candidate for COVID-19, a landmark new partnership with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; and their commitment to supply one billion vaccines worldwide for emergency pandemic use.
Nestlé is partnering with the IFRC – sharing Swiss roots and already strong and trusted global partners, the two will work together in four ways to provide urgent help for emergency services and caregivers and strengthen healthcare systems
Sony Corporation today announced the "Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19," a 100 million US dollar fund to support those around the world affected by the COVID-19 virus. Through this fund, Sony will provide support in three areas: assistance for those individuals engaged in frontline medical and first responder efforts to fight the virus, support for children and educators who must now work remotely, and support for members of the creative community in the entertainment industry, which has been greatly impacted by the spread of the virus.
Standard Chartered is committing $1B in preferential funding and working capital for companies providing goods and services to help in the fight against COVID-19 such as manufacturers and distributors in the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare providers, as well as non-medical companies that have volunteered to add this capability to their manufacturing output. Goods in scope include ventilators, face masks, protective equipment and sanitisers.
COVID-19, which was first detected in China in late 2019 and has since been declared a pandemic, poses both a serious threat to vulnerable populations and a daunting challenge to the global economy. As confirmed cases of COVID-19 spread, it has the potential to take lives, overwhelm health systems, deplete the value of assets, and trigger lasting geopolitical change. Around the world, desperate efforts are underway to contain what has become a profoundly disruptive outbreak.
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