WATCH: Laura Bush and Michelle Obama Join Forces to Help Raise Millions for the WHO Covid Response Fund

While President Trump has officially halted funding to the World Health Organization, former first ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama participated in a fundraiser yesterday that netted the organization’s COVID-19 response fund millions.

Per ABC, Global Citizen said $55.1 million will benefit the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the remaining $72.8 million will go toward local and regional responders.

The two were introduced by comedians Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert.

Michelle Obama started off the segment by saying

“Over the years, Laura and I have traveled across this country, and around the world”

Laura Bush added “We have visited with you at your schools, libraries, diners, places of worship, and even at your kitchen tables.”

Michelle continued “And we have had the profound privilege of getting to know you and your families. Your hopes, your struggles, and your triumphs.”

Mrs. Bush said despite this “difficult period of physical separation, we’ve never been closer. Not just in our great country, but tonight we stand with the people of the world.”


EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this article indicated the $128 million was raised for the WHO. Per Global citizen, One World: Together At Home raised a total of $127.9 million, providing $55.1 million to the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and $72.8 million to local and regional responders.