COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is a global fund for supporting the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) in containing the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] It was launched on 13 March 2020 by the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation in support of WHO, and was announced by the Director-General of WHO in Geneva, Switzerland.[1] The purpose of the response fund is to "support WHO’s work, including with partners, to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them."[2] Major companies, including Facebook, H&M, and Google have donated to the Solidarity Response Fund, in addition to several hundred thousand private individuals.[1][3][4][5]

In the following months, several additional beneficiaries of the fund were added in order to work together with WHO on the COVID-19 pandemic response.[6] This includes UNICEF, CEPI (the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations), WFP (the World Food Programme), UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency), and UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East).

According to WHO's estimations, the requirement to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic until the end of 2020 was US$1.7 billion. As of 7 December 2020, 87.6% (US$1.52 b) of required amount had been collected.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Coronavirus update: new WHO fund, Guterres calls for 'prudence, not panic'". UN News. UNO. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  2. ^ "WHO, UN Foundation and partners launch first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund". World Health Organization. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  3. ^ Turk, Robyn (16 March 2020). "H&M Foundation donates to COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Together we can raise $7.5 million to help stop COVID-19". Archived from the original on 16 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Facebook Commits $20 Million in Matching Funds for COVID-19 Response". Philanthropy News Digest (PND). Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  6. ^ "WHO and UNICEF to partner on pandemic response through COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund". Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  7. ^ "COVID-19 contributions tracker". Retrieved 19 May 2020.

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).