COVID-19 has already claimed over 1.5 million lives and infected over 70 million people around the world. The pandemic is projected to push as many as 115 million people into extreme poverty, and create food insecurity for many millions more. It is a full-blown humanitarian disaster and when it spreads anywhere, it endangers people everywhere. 

In the past months, Global Citizens took over 30,000 actions urging the Canadian government to fund the vital organizations working around the clock to stop the virus — today they listened.

International Development Minister Karina Gould just announced a whopping $485 million to fight off COVID-19. The funds will go to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a groundbreaking partnership of organizations leading the effort to develop and distribute COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines to lower-income countries.

This funding could be a gamechanger for millions around the world, especially if other countries follow Canada’s good example.  

In an email to Global Citizens, Minister Gould said: “Thank you for your tweets, phone calls, and petition signatures, and for your commitment to find global solutions in the fight against COVID-19.” When we speak, governments hear our voices.

Let’s speak up now, show the government our gratitude, and urge other countries to follow Canada’s lead — click now to send a tweet.