cost of infectious disease epidemics world-wide each year. They match wars and natural disasters in their capacity to endanger lives, disrupt societies and damage economies.
19 Jan 2016
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations - a global coalition to create new vaccines for emerging infectious diseases, designed to help give the world an insurance policy against epidemics- officially launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
founding partners - Government of Norway, Government of India, Wellcome Trust, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum.
initial funding from the governments of Germany, Japan and Norway, plus the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust has been received.
that CEPI will initially - the MERS-CoV, Lassa and Nipah viruses, which have known potential to cause serious epidemics. It aims to develop two promising vaccine candidates against each of these diseases before any epidemic, so these are available without delay if and when an outbreak begins.
top threats will be tackled subsequently, which will require an investment of $1 billion to $2 billion.