The European Union and other global partners have pledged more than 7 billion euros to speed up development of a vaccine against COVID-19.
Public health experts say an effective vaccine is the only way life can get back to normal. But it has to be accessible and affordable for all. EU president, Ursula Von Der Leyen, says the money will 'kick start unprecedented global co-operation'
But two of the world's worst-affected countries - the US and Russia - have opted not to take part - - as Jack Parrock reports.