Coronavirus (Covid-19): supporting global research and development

We want to help the world overcome Covid-19. Research is the best way to save lives – but more investment in accessible treatments, tests and vaccines is urgently needed to change the course of the pandemic.  

What we're doing 

We're supporting research and development, and working to make sure that any new vaccines, tests and treatments are mass-produced quickly and reach everyone who needs them.

We’re doing this by working with others:

The pandemic has inspired unprecedented global research collaboration. The same level of collaboration is needed between countries and international organisations to make sure that vaccines, treatments and tests are globally accessible.

What you can do 

Governments and international organisations must invest now in research and development of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines. And they must support fair access to these lifesaving tools – so they become available to the most at-risk populations everywhere, regardless of ability to pay.

To achieve this, $35 billion is needed. Investing now, at scale and as a collective global effort, is the only way to save lives, reduce the spread of Covid-19 and bring societies and economies back on track. 

Governments and private and philanthropic funders can support research into and equitable access to Covid-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.

Work with us 

We’d love to hear from you on how we can work together to change the course of the pandemic.

Information for grant applicants and grantholders

Here's what you need to know if you're applying for one of our research grants, or hold a Wellcome grant.

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