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• This Wellcome post details efforts from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) to overcome the challenges of researching, funding and creating new vaccines around the world.
• How can donors support these efforts? Which diseases need the most funding?
• Here's an article about researching and developing new vaccines.
A collaboration between government, industry, philanthropy and civil society, CEPI launched in January 2017 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Its aim is to finance and coordinate development of vaccines against known and unknown infectious diseases so they can be used to contain outbreaks before they become emergencies.
CEPI was formed in response to expert reports into the 2013-16 Ebola outbreak, calling for a new system to stimulate vaccine development based on collective action and partnerships across sectors and countries.
Dr Charlie Weller, Wellcome's Head of Vaccines, says: "Ebola and Zika have shown epidemic diseases remain a grave threat to world health. When Ebola struck in 2013-16, the global community was not prepared. Potential vaccines existed but critically they had not been tested for safety, which delayed assessment of their effectiveness to protect against Ebola.
Read the full article about developing new vaccines by the team at Wellcome.