Epidemics have the power to turn our world upside down. The vast spread of disease can literally destroy societies. We set up a coalition that's responding with strength.
Our world has entered a new era of epidemic risk. CEPI is a strong, unified response to our highest priority health threats.
Epidemics have the power to turn our world upside down. From increasing threats to global health, unprecedented economic disaster and widespread chronic fear – the vast spread of disease can literally destroy societies.
Until recently, the world often largely ignored epidemic threats at its peril. In 2017, at our Annual Meeting, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched – bringing together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil society to accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases and to enable access to these vaccines during outbreaks.
Our world has entered a new era of epidemic risk. The number of outbreaks is increasing, and the economic damage and fear they create is disproportionate to the level of illness.
Epidemics have the potential to spread widely, reflecting our hyper-connectivity and the development of higher density cities. As a result, societies are becoming more vulnerable to the disruptions that epidemics cause.
Since CEPI’s official launch at our Annual Meeting in 2017, the organization has developed partnerships and received support from Norway, Japan, Germany, Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, India, the European Commission, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ethiopia, Rwanda – and was proud to announce at our Annual Meeting 2019 that the United Kingdom has joined CEPI with a contribution of £10 million.
Partnerships have also been established with organizations across biotechnology, vaccine manufacturing, academia and multinational corporations to further the scope of what CEPI can achieve. CEPI currently supports a portfolio of 17 vaccines, with more than $270 million US dollars committed to the fight against some of the world’s biggest epidemic threats.
CEPI’s network is facilitating the development of new vaccine technologies. Soon, the first clinical trials of vaccines supported by CEPI will be initiated.
The world needs stronger, unified responses to our highest priority health threats. By creating alliances and coalitions like CEPI, which involve expertise, funding, support and contribution from all levels of our community, we are able to collectively address the most pressing global health challenges.
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