Announcements

Announcements

 
Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group    [to 9 May 2020]
https://alleninstitute.org/what-we-do/frontiers-group/news-press/
News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
BMGF – Gates Foundation  [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Media-Center/Press-Releases
Press Releases and Statements
MAY 04, 2020
Statement from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about today’s Coronavirus Global Response Summit
SEATTLE, May 4, 2020 – Earlier today at the Coronavirus Global Response Summit, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a commitment of $125 million towards the international collective effort to develop and equitably distribute COVID-19 diagnostics, therapies, and vaccines. This includes $50 million of new funding to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and $75 million of previously announced funding for therapeutics and diagnostics. More information about the summit is available at global-response.europa.eu.
 
 
Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute    [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.gatesmri.org/
The Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute is a non-profit biotech organization. Our mission is to develop products to fight malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrheal diseases—three major causes of mortality, poverty, and inequality in developing countries. The world has unprecedented scientific tools at its disposal; now is the time to use them to save the lives of the world’s poorest people
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CARB-X   [to 9 May 2020]
https://carb-x.org/
CARB-X is a non-profit public-private partnership dedicated to accelerating antibacterial research to tackle the global rising threat of drug-resistant bacteria.
No new digest content identified.
 
 
CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations  [to 9 May 2020]
http://cepi.net/
Latest News
CEPI launches new funding opportunity to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine development and production
05 May 2020
:: CEPI launches a new Call for Proposals to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine development and production.
:: Focus for funding will be on vaccine candidates that have the potential to be developed rapidly and manufactured globally at scale.
:: New call will allow CEPI to expand its existing portfolio to increase chances of success.
 
 
Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI)  [to 9 May 2020]
https://clintonhealthaccess.org/
News & Press Releases
No new digest content identified.
 
 
EDCTP    [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.edctp.org/
The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) aims to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines, microbicides and diagnostics against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as well as other poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on phase II and III clinical trials
Latest news
6 May 2020
Fondation Botnar and Novartis support EDCTP Fellowships on child and adolescent health
Fondation Botnar and Novartis will support research capacity development in sub-Saharan Africa within the framework of EDCTP’s 2020 Career Development Fellowships. Collectively, the two organisations will contribute up to a maximum of €2.25 million to the initial EDCTP call budget…
 
 
Emory Vaccine Center    [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.vaccines.emory.edu/
[Undated]
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European Medicines Agency  [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/
News & Press Releases ·  ·
Press release: EU actions to support availability of medicines during COVID-19 pandemic – update #5
Last updated: 08/05/2020
News: Global regulators work towards alignment on policy approaches and regulatory flexibility during COVID-19
Last updated: 05/05/2020
Press release: COVID-19: how EMA fast-tracks development support and approval of medicines and vaccines
Last updated: 04/05/2020
News: Regulatory flexibility to ensure availability of veterinary medicines during COVID-19 pandemic
Last updated: 04/05/2020
 
 
European Vaccine Initiative  [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.euvaccine.eu/news-events
Latest News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
FDA [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/default.htm
Press Announcements
May 8, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First Diagnostic Test Using At-Home Collection of Saliva Specimens
    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the first diagnostic test with the option of using home-collected saliva samples for COVID-19 testing. Specifically, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory for their COVID-19 laboratory developed test (LDT), which had been previously added to the high complexity molecular-based LDT “umbrella” EUA, to permit testing of samples self-collected by patients at home using the Spectrum Solutions LLC SDNA-1000 Saliva Collection Device. This announcement builds on last month’s EUA for the first diagnostic test with a home-collection option, which uses a sample collected from the patient’s nose with a nasal swab and saline…
 
 
May 8, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup May 8, 2020
 
 
May 7, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup May 7, 2020
 
 
May 7, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Continues to Combat Fraudulent COVID-19 Medical Products
 
 
May 5, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup May 5, 2020
 
 
May 4, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup May 4, 2020
 
 
Fondation Merieux  [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.fondation-merieux.org/
News, Events
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Gavi [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.gavi.org/
Top Stories
6 May 2020
Italy pledges new support to Gavi
6 May 2020
Ireland pledges new support to Gavi
5 May 2020
Countries pledge new support to Gavi
4 May 2020
Norway increases commitment to immunisation for the most vulnerable, pledges USD 1 billion to Gavi
 
 
GHIT Fund   [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.ghitfund.org/newsroom/press
GHIT was set up in 2012 with the aim of developing new tools to tackle infectious diseases that No new digest content identified.
 
 
 
Global Fund  [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/news/
Funding Model
COVID-19 Response Mechanism Questions and Answers
05 May 2020
Updates
Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Event
04 May 2020
 
 
Hilleman Laboratories   [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.hillemanlabs.org/
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Human Vaccines Project   [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.humanvaccinesproject.org/media/press-releases/
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.
 
 
IAVI  [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.iavi.org/newsroom
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.
 
 
International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities [ICMRA]
http://www.icmra.info/drupal/en/news
Selected Statements, Press Releases, Research
No new digest content identified.
 
 
International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association [IGBA]
https://www.igbamedicines.org/
News
IGBA Pays Tribute to Bill Haddad (4 May 2020)
IGBA, the International Generic and Biosimilar medicines Association (IGBA), representing global manufacturers of generic and biosimilar medicines, today pays tribute to Bill Haddadi, who passed away last week. He was a pioneer in the development of generic medicine policy in the U.S.A. and a remarkable advocate for access to medicines worldwide.
 
 
IFFIm
http://www.iffim.org/
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.
 
 
IFRC   [to 9 May 2020]
http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/news/press-releases/
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
Italy
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: IFRC President visits Italy’s first “red zone” to thank COVID-19 response volunteers
Geneva/Rome, 7 May 2020 – This Friday, 8 May, on World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), will visit Italy’s first COVID-19 “red zone” in Codogno (L …
7 May 2020
Global
IFRC and Billion Dollar Boy set up global influencer network to tackle COVID-19 infodemic
Geneva, London and New York, 5 May 2020: Billion Dollar Boy, the creative agency for the influencer age, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are creating the world’s first global influencer network to tackle …
6 May 2020
 
 
IVAC  [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/ivac/index.html
Updates
No new digest content identified.
 
 
IVI   [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.ivi.int/
Selected IVI News & Announcements
No new digest content identified.
 
 
JEE Alliance  [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.jeealliance.org/
Selected News and Events
No new digest content identified.
 
 
MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières  [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.msf.org/
Latest [Selected Announcements]
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Responding to COVID-19 in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine
Project Update 8 May 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Eswatini: Responding to COVID-19 in a country already fighting a dual HIV/TB epidemic
Interview 8 May 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
MSF provides critically-needed COVID-19 medical care in Tijuana
Project Update 7 May 2020
Malaysia
MSF ready to support the government of Malaysia with safe disembarkation of people in distress at sea
Open Letter 7 May 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Five challenges for the Rohingya in Bangladesh amid COVID-19
Project Update 6 May 2020
Medical resource
MSF Medical Product Procurement
MSF medical resource 6 May 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Managing people’s fear and misinformation amid COVID-19 in DRC
Voices from the Field 6 May 2020
Measles
Measles is a steady, silent killer among COVID-19
Project Update 5 May 2020
Niger
Working with communities during a pandemic
Interview 5 May 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
“Diseases will not wait” for COVID-19 in Kenya
Voices from the Field 5 May 2020
Greece
Using torture survival skills to cope during a pandemic
Voices from the Field 5 May 2020
Liberia
MSF supports efforts to treat COVID-19 in Liberia
Interview 4 May 2020
United States of America
MSF demands US ends deportations to stop COVID-19 spread to fragile health systems
Press Release 4 May 2020
 
 
National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS  [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.hhs.gov/vaccines/about/index.html
NVAC 2020 Meetings
June 9-10, 2020 NVAC Meeting
September 23-24, 2020 Meeting (Virtual)
 
 
NIH  [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases
Selected News Releases
NIH clinical trial testing antiviral remdesivir plus anti-inflammatory drug baricitinib for COVID-19 begins
May 8, 2020 — The trial is now enrolling hospitalized adults with COVID-19 in the United States.
NIH-supported research survey to examine impact of COVID-19 on rare diseases community
May 7, 2020 — For the millions of people living with a rare disease, the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 presents unique challenges.
 
 
PATH  [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.path.org/media-center/
Selected Announcements
May 5, 2020 by PATH
New partnership to accelerate research and advance a global health COVID-19 vaccine
Houston, Texas, USA and Seattle, Washington, USA, May 5, 2020 — The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development have formed a new partnership with PATH, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health. Together, these institutions will advance the development of a low-cost, safe, and effective vaccine to prevent COVID-19…
 
 
Sabin Vaccine Institute  [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.sabin.org/updates/pressreleases
Statements and Press Releases
No new digest content identified.
 
 
UNAIDS [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.unaids.org/en
Selected Press Releases/Reports/Statements
8 May 2020
Combatting COVID-19 discrimination in Jamaica
7 May 2020
United Nations in South Africa launches US$ 136 million COVID-19 flash appeal
6 May 2020
Mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among people living with HIV in India
4 May 2020
HIV-related discrimination still widespread
 
 
UNICEF  [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.unicef.org/media/press-releases
Selected Press releases/Announcements
Press release
Pregnant mothers and babies born during COVID-19 pandemic threatened by strained health systems and disruptions in services
With 116 million expected births in the approximately 9 months since the COVID pandemic was recognized, UNICEF calls on governments and donors to maintain lifesaving services for pregnant women and newborns
… UNICEF warns that although evidence suggests that pregnant mothers are not more affected by COVID-19 than others, countries need to ensure they still have access to antenatal, delivery and postnatal services. Likewise, sick newborns need emergency services as they are at high risk of death. New families require support to start breastfeeding, and to get medicines, vaccines and nutrition to keep their babies healthy…
07/05/2020
Press release
19 million children internally displaced by conflict and violence in 2019, highest number ever
Internally displaced children among the world’s most vulnerable to COVID-19
04/05/2020
 
 
Unitaid  [to 9 May 2020]
https://unitaid.org/
Featured News
04 May 2020
Unitaid joins global cooperation COVID-19 efforts as international pledging marathon is launched
The European Union and its partner governments launched the international pledging marathon to raise US$ 8 billion to kick-start global cooperation to develop quality, effective and affordable diagnostics, treatments and vaccines against COVID-19. A key part of this is ensure equitable access by all who need them.
The European Union was joined by political leaders from France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Canada, Italy, Spain, UK and Saudi Arabia; as well as the Republic of Korea, South Africa and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who are members of the Unitaid Executive Board…
 
 
Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN)  [to 9 May 2020]
https://vaccineacceptance.org/news.html#header1-2r
Announcements
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Vaccine Confidence Project  [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.vaccineconfidence.org/
Latest News & Archive
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Vaccine Education Center – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center
No new digest content identified.
 
 
 
Wellcome Trust  [to 9 May 2020]
https://wellcome.ac.uk/news
Opinion | 7 May 2020
Coronavirus Global Response helped to raise billions for research. But we need more
Alex Harris
Head of Global Policy, Policy and Advocacy team, Wellcome
On 4 May, world leaders, global banks and health organisations came together to invest in the COVID-19 response. With billions pledged, Alex Harris explains what this could mean for the urgent research into tests, treatments and vaccines.
 
 
The Wistar Institute   [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.wistar.org/news/press-releases
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.
 
 
WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations  [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.wfpha.org/
Latest News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)   [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.oie.int/en/for-the-media/press-releases/2020/
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

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ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine]  [to 9 May 2020]
https://alliancerm.org/press-releases/
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.
 
 
BIO    [to 9 May 2020]
https://www.bio.org/press-releases
Press Releases
Administration’s Benefit Rule Threatens Access and Affordability of Prescription Medicines
May 7, 2020
BIO’s Tom DiLenge, President of Advocacy, Law & Public Policy Division issued the following statement today after the Trump administration adopted a “Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021” that allows health plans to block drug…
New Online IP Marketplace Will Foster Collaboration in Race to Eradicate COVID-19
May 4, 2020
To help in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today launched a new online platform, called “Patents 4 Partnerships,” to share patent information for various technologies to facilitate greater collaboration…
 
 
DCVMN – Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network  [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.dcvmn.org/
News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
IFPMA   [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.ifpma.org/resources/news-releases/

Selected Press Releases, Statements, Publications
Pharma Joins Global Pledge Committing to Work Together to Beat COVID-19
04 May 2020
Geneva, 4 May, 2020: The world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies today reaffirmed the industry’s commitment to join forces to ensure that its breadth of expertise in therapeutics (research, clinical development, manufacturing) is shared across the scientific community as part of the global fight against COVID-19. Today, the industry recommitted at the Coronavirus Global Response Pledging Marathon, to channel its innovation, mobilize its knowhow, pool its expertise and share its manufacturing capacity to help deliver what could amount to billions of new vaccines to stop the spread of pandemic and the many different types of therapeutics needed to alleviate the symptoms of people who have contracted the virus.
As a Founding Partner of the recently launched landmark global partnership Access to COVID-19 Tools (act) Accelerator, the biopharmaceutical industry body, IFPMA, will bring to the table the innovative industry’s unique expertise to find and scale up solutions for preventing and treating the COVID-19 virus. Industry is committed to working with governments and partners to make treatments and vaccines available and affordable for the patients that need them – wherever and whoever they may be…
 
 
PhRMA    [to 9 May 2020]
http://www.phrma.org/
Selected Press Releases, Statements
What they are saying: Intellectual property protections are critical as we work to defeat COVID-19
Tom Wilbur   |     May 4, 2020