Announcements

Announcements

 

Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group [to 27 June 2020]
https://alleninstitute.org/what-we-do/frontiers-group/news-press/
News
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BARDA – U.S. Department of HHS [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.phe.gov/about/barda/Pages/default.aspx
June 23, 2020:
BARDA partners with MBio Diagnostics to develop an in vitro point-of-care serology test for the detection of human anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies from whole blood samples

 

BMGF – Gates Foundation [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Media-Center/Press-Releases
JUNE 26, 2020
COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Donors Launch International Alliance to Connect Research Data Sources and Enable Collaboration
International COVID-19 Data Research Alliance and Workbench will bring together data to accelerate the search for new therapies to fight the pandemic and save lives
[See Perspectives above for detail]

 

Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute [to 27 June 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 27 June 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.
06.22.2020  |
CARB-X funds University of Queensland to accelerate the development of a new class of last-resort antibiotics to treat deadly superbug infections
CARB-X is awarding up to US$3.83 million to The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Brisbane, Australia, to develop a new class of antibiotics to treat serious drug-resistant bacterial infections

 

CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations [to 27 June 2020]
http://cepi.net/
Latest News
26 June 2020
COVAX: ensuring fair allocation of a COVID-19 vaccine
A global initiative to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries
[See Perspectives above for detail]

25 Jun 2020
Stevanato Group signs an agreement with CEPI to provide pharma glass vials for 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines under development
This supply is part of CEPI’s efforts to rapidly speed up the vaccine development timeline through making progress on manufacturing in parallel with the clinical development of COVID-19 candidate vaccines.

23 Jun 2020
CEPI-funded COVID-19 vaccine candidates progress to clinical trials
Clover Biopharmaceuticals have started Phase 1 trials of its COVID-19 candidate vaccine. CureVac and the University of Queensland are also set to begin clinical trials shortly.

 

Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) [to 27 June 2020]
https://clintonhealthaccess.org/
News & Press Releases
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EDCTP [to 27 June 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
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Emory Vaccine Center [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.vaccines.emory.edu/
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European Medicines Agency [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/
News & Press Releases
News: Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 22-25 June 2020
CHMP, Last updated: 26/06/2020

 

 

Press release: First COVID-19 treatment recommended for EU authorisation
Last updated: 25/06/2020

 

 

Press release: Global regulators discuss data requirements for phase 3 trials of COVID-19 vaccines
Last updated: 24/06/2020

 

European Vaccine Initiative [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.euvaccine.eu/
Latest News
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FDA [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/default.htm
Press Announcements
June 26, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup June 26, 2020

June 25, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup June 25, 2020

June 24, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup June 24, 2020

June 24, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Joint Statement from USDA and FDA on Food Export Restrictions Pertaining to COVID-19

June 23, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup June 23, 2020

 

Fondation Merieux [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.fondation-merieux.org/
News, Events
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Gavi [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.gavi.org/
News releases
26 June 2020
Gavi Board calls for global access to COVID-19 vaccines
:: Gavi Board shows support for continued work on COVAX Facility: a global, coordinated mechanism designed to ensure rapid and equitable access to safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccines to as broad a global population as possible
:: The Board also discussed the role Gavi will play in an expansion in cold chain capacity in developing countries to deploy COVID-19 vaccines, as well as potentially diagnostics and treatments
:: New flexibilities and measures put in place to help countries deal with unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on immunisation programmes, as well as revised gender policy to guide Gavi’s programmes

25 June 2020
First-of-its-kind vaccine agreement helps end Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC
:: DRC government and WHO declare over the long-running Ebola outbreak in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri provinces after more than 50 days without a case
:: A first-of-its-kind agreement between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the vaccine manufacturer helped create a stockpile of Ebola vaccines that protected more than 303,000 people as part of the outbreak response
:: Dr Seth Berkley: “This is an important day for the DRC, which shows the key role the new Ebola vaccine can play in ending Ebola outbreaks now and in the future”

24 June 2020
Gavi a top performer in leading transparency index

23 June 2020
DRC recognised for its immunisation efforts

 

GHIT Fund [to 27 June 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 27 June 2020]
https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/news/
News
Global Fund Appoints New Chief Financial Officer
26 June 2020
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced the appointment of Adda Faye as Chief Financial Officer, as the Global Fund works to optimize its financial resource management at this critical moment in global public health financing…
Faye brings over 15 years of experience in strategic financial management and a deep understanding of the Global Fund’s financial and administrative functions. Before her selection through a competitive search process, Faye served as the Global Fund’s interim Chief Financial Officer since February 2020…

News
Global Fund COVID-19 Report: Deaths from HIV, TB and Malaria Could Almost Double in 12 Months Unless Urgent Action is Taken
24 June 2020
A new report [ download in English ] released by the Global Fund today estimates that countries affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria urgently need US$28.5 billion to protect the extraordinary progress achieved in the fight against the three diseases in the past two decades.
The report, Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Countries Affected by HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria, was released today to highlight the impact of COVID-19 and resources needed to protect progress against HIV, TB and malaria – diseases that still kill more than 2.4 million people a year. Since 2002, the Global Fund partnership has helped save more than 32 million lives and cut HIV, TB and malaria deaths by nearly half since the peak of the epidemics. The COVID-19 pandemic now threatens to reverse that progress.
Aside from the direct toll of COVID-19, which could be catastrophic in the most vulnerable countries, estimates suggest deaths from HIV, TB and malaria could as much as double if systems for health are overwhelmed, treatment and prevention programs are disrupted, and resources are diverted…

News
Global Fund Ranks in Top Category for Transparency
24 June 2020

 

Hilleman Laboratories [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.hillemanlabs.org/
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Human Vaccines Project [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.humanvaccinesproject.org/media/press-releases/
COVID Report
“What Worries Me Is That People Do Trust Vaccines”
Interview with Paul A. Offit, M.D.
[See Perspectives above for full text]

 

IAVI [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.iavi.org/newsroom
Press Releases
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International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities [ICMRA]
http://www.icmra.info/drupal/en/news
Selected Statements, Press Releases, Research
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International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association [IGBA]
https://www.igbamedicines.org/
News
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IFFIm
http://www.iffim.org/
Announcements
Innovative Humanitarian Financing Forum charts way forward
25 Jun 2020
Leaders in business and philanthropy explore pathways to catalyse change through public-private financing
As COVID-19 continues to spread, the world is witnessing the speed and scale with which a local health challenge can grow into a global crisis. How can public and private sectors work together to increase the scale and scope of funding required to proactively address social causes—and potentially avert crises from future global threats?
This question is at the center of discussions within the Innovative Humanitarian Financing Forum (IHFF), a roundtable of practitioners and stakeholders in innovative finance initiated by Cyrus Ardalan, IFFIm Board Chair, and Simon Meldrum, Innovative Finance Specialist at the British Red Cross.
The Forum is bringing together representatives of public and private institutions in business, banking, charities and humanitarian organisations to explore how novel financial tools and instruments could expand resources for urgent humanitarian needs, from health emergencies and education to sanitation, hygiene and climate change.
The IHFF convened virtually on May 18 with more than 30 participants from 17 organisations…

 

IFRC [to 27 June 2020]
http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/news/press-releases/
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
Europe
Red Cross and Red Crescent urges continued vigilance amid alarming resurgence of COVID-19 in Europe
Budapest, 26 June 2020 – As a resurgence in COVID-19 cases is reported in many parts of Europe and total deaths on the continent near 200,000, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) calls on communities to continue …
26 June 2020

 

IVAC [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/ivac/index.html
Updates
Commentary: The pneumococcal vaccine is bolstering child health in Nepal
By Rose Weeks
New evidence shows fewer children hospitalized with bacterial pneumonia, but countries must be vigilant to avoid a drop in vaccine coverage during COVID-19

 

IVI [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.ivi.int/
Selected IVI News & Announcements
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JEE Alliance [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.jeealliance.org/
Selected News and Events
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MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.msf.org/
Latest [Selected Announcements]
DRC Ebola outbreaks
Six lessons learned as Ebola outbreak in northeastern DRC ends
Project Update 26 Jun 2020

DRC Ebola outbreaks
Crisis update – June 2020
Crisis Update 26 Jun 2020

DRC Ebola outbreaks
DRC’s tenth Ebola outbreak
Crisis Update 25 Jun 2020

South Sudan
Intense fighting in eastern South Sudan once again forces thousands to flee
Statement 24 Jun 2020

United States of America
MSF helping to curb COVID-19 in nursing homes in US
Project Update 23 Jun 2020

 

National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.hhs.gov/vaccines/about/index.html
NVAC 2020 Meetings
September 23-24, 2020 Meeting (Virtual)

 

NIH [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases
Selected News Releases
NIH investigators hope CD47 study leads to broad-spectrum infectious diseases immunotherapy
June 23, 2020 — Finding provides a potential target for an immunotherapy that might be applied to a wide range of infectious diseases.

Experts identify steps to expand and improve antibody tests in COVID-19 response
June 23, 2020 — NIH workshop attendees review capabilities, limits of SARS-CoV-2 serology testing.

 

PATH [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.path.org/media-center/
Selected Announcements
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Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.sabin.org/updates/pressreleases
Statements and Press Releases
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UNAIDS [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.unaids.org/en
Selected Press Releases/Reports/Statements
26 June 2020
Harm reduction continues for people who use drugs during COVID-19 in Côte d’Ivoire

24 June 2020
Survey shows that many people lack multimonth HIV treatment in Latin America

 

UNICEF [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.unicef.org/media/press-releases
Selected Press releases/Announcements
News note
26/06/2020
UNICEF comment on malnutrition in Afghanistan at the Geneva Palais briefing
This is a summary of what was said by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

Press release
26/06/2020
“To control COVID-19, we have to make hand hygiene accessible to all” – UNICEF and WHO
Joint statement by Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, on the launch of the ‘Hand Hygiene for All’ joint initiative

Press release
26/06/2020
Despite disruptions, UNICEF delivers critical life-saving supplies to over 100 countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
In 2019, UNICEF procured a record US$3.826 billion in goods and services for children in 150 countries and saved US$363.3 million for governments and donors by leveraging its purchasing power and strategic procurement approaches, in collaboration with par

Press release
26/06/2020
Yemeni children face deadly hunger and aid shortages as COVID-19 pandemic spreads – UNICEF
Number of malnourished children could reach 2.4 million by end of year, a 20 per cent increase

Press release
25/06/2020
UNICEF welcomes end of 23 month-long Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC and calls for additional support as country tackles new outbreak in north-west

Statement
23/06/2020
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore’s remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict
This is a summary of what was said by Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s Security Council Open Debate at the United Nations in New York. Checked against delivery.

Press release
23/06/2020
Urgent action needed to safeguard futures of 600 million South Asian children threatened by COVID-19: UNICEF
Cash transfers and other measures can prevent families slipping into poverty
GENEVA/KATHMANDU/NEW YORK, 23 JUNE 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic is unravelling decades of health, education and other advances for children across South Asia, and governments must take urgent action to prevent millions of families from slipping back into poverty, UNICEF said in a new report released today.
With the pandemic expanding rapidly across a region that contains a quarter of the world’s population, Lives Upended describes the disastrous immediate and longer-term consequences that the virus and the measures to curb it have had on 600 million children and the services they depend on….
According to the report, immunization, nutrition and other vital health services have been severely disrupted, potentially threatening the lives of up to 459,000 children and mothers over the next six months. Food insecurity is growing: A UNICEF survey in Sri Lanka showed that 30 per cent of families have reduced their food consumption. In Bangladesh, some of the poorest families are unable to afford three meals a day…

 

Unitaid [to 27 June 2020]
https://unitaid.org/
Featured News
22 June 2020
£2.2m for Liverpool-led initiative to rapidly identify COVID-19 ‘game changing’ drugs
… The AGILE COVID-19 Drug Testing Initiative, led by the University of Liverpool and involving researchers from the Liverpool Tropical School of Medicine, Southampton Clinical Trials Unit and NIHR Liverpool and Broadgreen Clinical Research Facility, has been established to enable the rapid clinical evaluation of potential COVID-19 therapeutics.
Saye Khoo, Professor of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Liverpool, said: “AGILE uses the most modern and innovative statistical methods which allows for multiple drugs to be tested in parallel, and to remove or add treatments faster than ever before, based on results of safety and efficacy.”..

 

Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) [to 27 June 2020]
https://vaccineacceptance.org/news.html#header1-2r
Announcements
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Vaccine Confidence Project [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.vaccineconfidence.org/
Latest News & Archive
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Vaccine Education Center – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center
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Wellcome Trust [to 27 June 2020]
https://wellcome.ac.uk/news
Opinion | 26 June 2020
Four lessons from past epidemics to guide us in the search for COVID-19 treatments
by Josie Golding

Opinion | 22 June 2020
Our trans inclusion policy is the latest step in making Wellcome more inclusive
by Kathy Poole

Opinion | 22 June 2020
Treatments will take the fear and helplessness out of coronavirus – here’s how businesses can help find them
Jeremy Farrar, Director Wellcome
Science will show us the way out of the COVID-19 pandemic. And businesses and philanthropy can play a major role by stepping up to fund coronavirus treatments, as well as vaccines and tests.

 

The Wistar Institute [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.wistar.org/news/press-releases
Press Release
Jun. 25, 2020
The Wistar Institute & Allevi Inc. Collaborate on 3D Bioprinting Project to Advance COVID-19 Research
Allevi 3D printed lung models will be used to study SARS-CoV-2 mechanisms of disease progression

 

WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.wfpha.org/
Latest News
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World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.oie.int/en/for-the-media/press-releases/2020/
Press Releases
Preserving our future by protecting wildlife health
Today more than ever, the international health community recognises the importance of maintaining a global perspective and foresight on wildlife health and biodiversity and their inextricable connection with veterinary and human public health.
Paris, 22 June 2020 – Anthropogenic impact on the environment alters the delicate balance of ecosystems and their health. The recent spillover events, such as SARS and Ebola, have been associated with poorly regulated or managed wildlife trade and the lack of awareness of risks associated to human contact with potential reservoirs or intermediate hosts. Therefore, the suggestion that COVID-19 originated in wildlife highlights the importance of addressing health risks at the human-animal-ecosystem interface, as well as the need for integrated surveillance systems, all while preserving animal welfare and biodiversity.
Whether in the wild or in captivity, the health of wildlife represents a key component of global health. The OIE Working Group on Wildlife, formed in 1994, informs and advises the OIE on this matter. An overview of the main activities carried out by the group over last year is presented…
Improving wildlife disease surveillance
Wildlife disease surveillance allows early detection of potentially impactful animal and human health threats and implementation of appropriate control measures. This can only be achieved by timely reporting the occurrence of wild and domestic animal diseases. The OIE Working Group on Wildlife regularly encourages countries to notify wildlife diseases through the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) – Wild platform…

 

 

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ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine] [to 27 June 2020]
https://alliancerm.org/press-releases/
Press Releases
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BIO [to 27 June 2020]
https://www.bio.org/press-releases
Press Releases
As Companies Work Around the Clock to Address COVID-19, BIO Outlines Key Policy Priorities to Prevent the Next Pandemic
June 23, 2020
BIO Board Member Dr. Gerberding to testify this morning The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Senator Lamar Alexander, will hold an important hearing today to examine lessons learned from the current global…

 

DCVMN – Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.dcvmn.org/
News
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IFPMA [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.ifpma.org/resources/news-releases/
Selected Press Releases, Statements, Publications
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ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations [to 27 June 2020]
https://internationalbiotech.org/
News
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PhRMA [to 27 June 2020]
http://www.phrma.org/
Selected Press Releases, Statements
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