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CORONAVIRUS – WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION IN THE SEARCH FOR PREVENTION & CURE

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on families, communities and nations over the world. But it’s also giving rise to incredible acts of generosity, solidarity and cooperation. We have said consistently that we’re all in this together, and we can only succeed together. We need an all-of-society approach, with everyone playing their part. That includes people in the entertainment industry. Today I’m delighted to be joined by one of the biggest names in entertainment in the world – Lady Gaga, and by my friend Hugh Evans, the founder and CEO of Global Citizen. WHO has been working with Global Citizen for several weeks on the “Together at Home” concert series, with artists like Chris Martin and John Legend giving free online performances. LADY GAGA JOINS THE CAMPAIGN: Now we’re working with Lady Gaga and Global Citizen to take this concept and make it even bigger, through the “One World: Together at Home” virtual global special on Saturday, the 18th of April. It’s now my great pleasure to invite Lady Gaga and Hugh Evans to say more about this very special event. Once again, I’d like to thank Lady Gaga and Hugh Evans for their partnership and leadership. We had a call last week, and I was so amazed by the energy and passion of Lady Gaga, and her incredible commitment to humanity. That’s when I said I think what she has planned can happen to bring the world together, to raise awareness and mobilize resources to fight the pandemic. I thank her for incredible passion and leadership, and my friend Hugh Evans for joining the dots, and for his leadership. We all look forward to joining you for the “One World: Together at Home” concert on the 18th of April. As the pandemic continues, we recognize that individuals and governments want to do everything they can to protect themselves and others – and so do we. CONDITIONS THAT WARRANT WEARING OF MEDICAL MASKS: We understand that some countries have recommended or are considering the use of both medical and non-medical masks in the general population to prevent the spread of COVID-19. First and foremost, medical masks must be prioritized for health workers on the front lines of the response. We know medical masks can help to protect health workers, but they’re in short supply globally. We are concerned that the mass use…

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