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Boris Johnson is set to urge countries to “pull together” in the fight against the global coronavirus pandemic.

The PM will call for the sharing of expertise as he co-hosts an international conference on Monday on the race for coronavirus treatments, tests and vaccines.

Mr Johnson will also describe the challenge facing humanity as the “most urgent shared endeavour of our lifetimes,” before adding: “We are in this together and together we will prevail.”

It comes as he prepares to reveal the Government’s lockdown exit strategy for the UK as pressure mounts to ease social distancing measures.

Monday’s online pledging conference – co-hosted by the UK and eight other countries and organisations – aims to bring in more than £6.6 billion in funding to support the global response to the pandemic.

The UK has pledged to give £388 million in aid funding for research into tests, treatments and vaccines – part of a £744 million commitment to help end the pandemic and support the global economy.

Mr Johnson is expected to say: “To win this battle, we must work together to build an impregnable shield around all our people and that can only be achieved by developing and mass producing a vaccine.

“The more we pull together and share our expertise, the faster our scientists will succeed.

“The race to discover the vaccine to defeat this virus is not a competition between countries but the most urgent shared endeavour of our lifetimes...Read More…

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