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Coalition For Epidemic Preparedness Innovations Launched To Bolster Vaccine Candidate Research, Prepare For Disease Outbreaks

The Economist: Vaccines: Putting shots in the locker
“…CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, was founded [August 31] in London, at the headquarters of the Wellcome Trust, a medical charity. It is the joint brainchild of the Wellcome, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum, and the government of Norway, and its purpose is precisely to forearm the world against future outbreaks of disease, without foreknowledge of what those outbreaks will be. … CEPI’s plan is to build up a bank of candidate vaccines for as many as possible of the viral diseases that lurk menacingly on the edges of human society, but in which there is insufficient commercial interest for pharmaceutical firms to do the development work…” (9/3).

Science: New vaccine coalition aims to ward off epidemics
“…The seed of the CEPI idea was planted in a perspective that ran in the 23 July 2015 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, ‘Establishing a Global Vaccine-Development Fund.’ Co-authored by Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy Farrar, the article called for $2 billion in startup money to launch the fund. Last January the idea was discussed during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland…” (Cohen, 9/2).

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