V4 countries pledge EUR 3 mln to vaccines against COVID-19 - Polish PM

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The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, the four Visegrad Group (V4) member countries, have pledged EUR 3 mln to speed up the development of a vaccine and drugs to fight the coronavirus epidemic, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday.

The EU held a donor conference on Monday to raise EUR 7.5 bln towards the testing, treatment and prevention of the respiratory disease caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

"I hope that this input will be a meaningful step towards a joint European victory over the pandemic and that it will set the ground for future cooperation on similar issues," Morawiecki said.

So far, top donors include the EU (EUR 1 bln), Norway (USD 1 bln), Germany (EUR 525 mln), France (500 mln) and Spain (EUR 125 mln).