Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group [to 22 Aug 2020]
News from The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group: August 2020
August 20, 2020
Highlights include: Testing treatments aimed at Alzheimer’s for Covid-19 patients, how funding basic neuroscience research can support Covid-19 research, a new study by AHA-Allen Initiative awardee Tony Wyss-Coray, and more.


BARDA – U.S. Department of HHS [to 22 Aug 2020]
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BMGF – Gates Foundation [to 22 Aug 2020]
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Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute [to 22 Aug 2020]
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 22 Aug 2020]
CARB-X is a non-profit public-private partnership dedicated to accelerating antibacterial research to tackle the global rising threat of drug-resistant bacteria.
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CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations [to 22 Aug 2020]
Latest News
COVAX seeks civil society representatives to contribute to ensuring equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines
17 Aug 2020
CEPI, Gavi and the World Health Organization (WHO) are seeking representatives from civil society and community organisations (CSOs) to participate in COVAX – the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator – which aims to develop, manufacture and fairly allocate 2 billion doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021 to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CSOs will play a vital role in the development and implementation of the COVAX initiative as well as the deployment of any successful vaccine through COVAX.
Specifically, we are looking for CSO representatives to participate in coordination meetings and a number of specific workstreams of COVAX. We anticipate that the roles of CSOs will include fostering the necessary support at a political and community engagement level to ensure equitable access and delivery of future COVID-19 vaccine; providing in-depth subject matter expertise in one or more areas including vaccine R&D, manufacturing, delivery, demand, access and allocation, policy, governance; and, acting as an advocate for civil society and community perspectives as appropriate. We also seek representatives’ input in building public trust and capacity across healthcare systems for COVID-19 vaccination programmes.
In addition to nominated representatives, broader CSOs will also be engaged in COVAX through other forums.’
The deadline for applications is 25 August, 2020.


EDCTP [to 22 Aug 2020]
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
19 August 2020
Sir Alimuddin Zumla receives 2020 Mahathir Science Award
On 18 August 2020, the Mahathir Science Award Foundation and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia announced that Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla is the recipient of the 2020 Mahathir Science Award. It is the most prestigious international science award for tropical sciences. Sir Alimuddin is Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University College London, and a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at the UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, the United Kingdom. The Mahathir Science Award comprises a gold medal, a certificate and $100,000…


Emory Vaccine Center [to 22 Aug 2020]
Vaccine Center News
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European Medicines Agency [to 22 Aug 2020]
News & Press Releases
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European Vaccine Initiative [to 22 Aug 2020]
Latest News
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FDA [to 22 Aug 2020]
Press Announcements
August 21, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup August 21, 2020

August 20, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup August 20, 2020

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

August 18, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup August 18, 2020

August 17, 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup August 17, 2020


Fondation Merieux [to 22 Aug 2020]
News, Events
SEALAB project kicks off in Cambodia to strengthen laboratory systems in Southeast Asia
August 18, 2020 – Cambodia
SEALAB, a project launched to strengthen laboratory networks in Southeast Asia with funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), was initiated in Cambodia during the first steering committee meeting held on August 7, 2020 in Phnom Penh.


Gavi [to 22 Aug 2020]
News releases
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GHIT Fund [to 22 Aug 2020]
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 22 Aug 2020]
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Hilleman Laboratories [to 22 Aug 2020]
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Human Vaccines Project [to 22 Aug 2020]
Press Release
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IAVI [to 22 Aug 2020]
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International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities [ICMRA]
Selected Statements, Press Releases, Research
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International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association [IGBA]
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IFRC [to 22 Aug 2020]
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
World Humanitarian Day: One million masks produced by Syrian and Turkish volunteers, uniting forces against COVID-19
Ankara, Turkey (19 August 2020): Syrian refugees and Turkish people are coming together to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey and around the world. Since the pandemic began, over 120 volunteers and community members across Turkey have mobilize …
19 August 2020

Asia Pacific, Indonesia, Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste COVID-19 threats: Red Cross prioritizes border areas
Dili, Timor-Leste, August 17, 2020 – Timor-Leste Red Cross (CVTL) is urgently ramping up COVID-19 prevention in remote areas bordering Indonesia as the country’s containment success is threatened after its first new case has been reported in more than …
17 August 2020


IRC International Rescue Committee [to 22 Aug 2020]
Media highlights
Press Release
NE Syria: 60% increase in COVID-19 cases in past week, IRC calls for increased health capacity
August 17, 2020


IVAC [to 22 Aug 2020]
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IVI [to 22 Aug 2020]
Selected IVI News & Announcements
IVI welcomes Finland as 36th member state with flag-raising ceremony
August 10, 2020 – SEOUL, South Korea – The flag of Finland was raised at the International Vaccin e Institute (IVI) Headquarters today during a ceremony welcoming the country’s accession to IVI. Finland joined the Seoul-based international organization dedicated to vaccines for global health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, committing an annual contribution of 500,000 EUR during the period of 2020 – 2025 to support IVI’s core operations and 500,000 EUR for COVID-19 vaccine research and development this year…


JEE Alliance [to 22 Aug 2020]
Selected News and Events
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MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 22 Aug 2020]
Latest [Selected Announcements]
MSF statement on violent 20 August protest in Moria
Statement 21 Aug 2020

South Sudan
A forgotten crisis continues
Project Update 20 Aug 2020
The Jonglei and Greater Pibor administrative areas of South Sudan have seen repeated cycles of bitter inter-communal fighting – some lasting for months at a time – throughout 2020.  The latest escalation, from June to mid August saw thousands of people displaced. Many continue to  live in the bush without healthcare, food, shelter or water and sanitation.

MSF calls for urgent measures in care homes to prevent more deaths from COVID-19
Press Release 20 Aug 2020
An MSF report published this week highlights serious problems in Spain’s response to COVID-19 in nursing homes across the country, resulting in horrific mortality rates among the elderly.


National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS [to 22 Aug 2020]
NVAC Meetings
September 23-24, 2020 Meeting (Virtual)
February 4-5, 2021 NVAC Meeting
June 16-17, 2021 NVAC Meeting


NIH [to 22 Aug 2020]
Selected News Releases
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PATH [to 22 Aug 2020]
Aug. 19, 2020
PATH congratulates India on approving first locally produced pneumococcal vaccine
Serum Institute of India’s pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, PNEUMOSIL®, has received marketing authorization in India—adding a quality-certified and more affordable option to the country’s pneumonia prevention toolkit.

Aug. 12, 2020
PATH CEO announces global leadership changes
August 12, 2020 – PATH announced the creation of four new executive leadership positions that will support the global organization’s next strategy toward a more equitable organization and advance a sustainability agenda.
…The four new Executive Team positions are as follows:
Chief of the Africa Region – Nanthalile Mugala, MD, MMed
The position of Chief of the Africa Region, to be filled by Dr. Nanthalile Mugala, will lead a newly created Africa Region Division. This new executive role, effective October 1, 2020, provides strategic leadership and guidance, overseeing program activities in the region. This is a demonstration of an intentional shift in power to leaders who will advance locally designed solutions for the communities PATH serves, always in alignment with national partners and national plans…



Chief of Asia/Middle East/Europe (AMEE) Region – to be hired
All country programs in Asia and Europe will become part of the Asia/Middle East/Europe (AMEE) Region, to be led by a Chief of the Asia/Middle East/Europe (AMEE) Region. This role is similar to the Chief of the Africa Region and PATH will be filling this position in the near future. Recruitment for this position will begin in the coming weeks.

David Fleming, MD, VP of Global Health Programs, who currently leads the organization’s public health and country programs, is stepping into a new role, Senior Vice President of Public Health, to make room for regional leadership positions at the executive level. “Our next step toward equity is to elevate country leadership to our Executive Team and to no longer have our non-US programs represented by a Seattle-based leader,” said Dr. Fleming. In this new role, Dr. Fleming will serve as Chief Medical Officer and Public Health Officer for the organization.


Chief of Business and Financial Operations – Philippe Guinot
PATH’s Operations and Finance divisions will merge into a single new division focused on optimizing global business activities and revenue generation and will be led by the Chief of Business and Financial Operations, a new position to be filled by Philippe Guinot, effective October 1, 2020. This move is designed to create greater alignment around revenue generation and donor partnerships…


Chief of External Affairs – Carla Costa Sandine
To oversee institutional marketing and communications, advocacy and public policy, and philanthropy, and to co-lead PATH’s institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative, Carla Costa Sandine has been promoted to Chief of External Affairs, a new position leading the External Affairs division. Ms. Sandine’s promotion was effective on August 1, 2020…


Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 22 Aug 2020]
Statements and Press Releases
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UNAIDS [to 22 Aug 2020]
Selected Press Releases/Reports/Statements
19 August 2020
On World Humanitarian Day, UNAIDS celebrates the work of #RealLifeHeroes


UNICEF [to 22 Aug 2020]
Selected Press releases/Announcements
News note
Children affected by Beirut explosions in need of psychological support as 50 per cent show signs of trauma
This is a summary of what was said by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Press release
COVID-19 causes disruptions to child protection services in more than 100 countries, UNICEF survey finds


Unitaid [to 22 Aug 2020]
Featured News
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Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) [to 22 Aug 2020]
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Vaccine Confidence Project [to 22 Aug 2020]
Research and Reports
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Vaccine Education Center – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [to 22 Aug 2020]
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Wellcome Trust [to 22 Aug 2020]
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The Wistar Institute [to 22 Aug 2020]
Press Releases
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WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations [to 22 Aug 2020]
Latest News
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World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) [to 22 Aug 2020]
Required competences of Veterinary Services for international trade
Veterinary Services play a critical role in facilitating the international trade of animals and animal products by preventing the spread of diseases. In the current changing world, they face numerous challenges. To better identify and address them, the OIE Technical Item for 2020 provides an evaluation of current challenges and demonstrates how the OIE’s diverse programmes are instrumental in building targeted capacities amongst national Veterinary Services.





ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine] [to 22 Aug 2020]
Press Releases
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BIO [to 22 Aug 2020]
Press Releases
BIO: FDA Oversight of Animal Biotechnology Must Be Changed
America’s position as an innovation leader is at stake 
Washington, D.C. (August 19, 2020) – The U.S. government’s system for regulating animal biotechnology – currently under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – is broken and is driving beneficial innovations to other countries, according to discussions taking place this week as part of the Animal Health in the Heartland virtual symposium.
Dr. Clint Nesbitt, Senior Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs for Food & Agriculture at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), addressed symposium participants this morning during the presentation, “U.S. Oversight of Animal Biotechnology and the Need for Change.”
“Animal biotechnology holds tremendous potential for improving animal health and well-being, transforming our farming and food systems, boosting our bioeconomy, and even helping to prevent and respond to zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19,” said Nesbitt. “But these breakthroughs are dependent on a clear, timely, and science-based approval process that includes a viable path to market.”…


DCVMN – Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network [to 22 Aug 2020]
News; Upcoming events
Webinar on Tools for COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Assessment developed by the Safety Platform for Emergency vACcines (SPEAC)
27 August 2020
Organized by Vaccine Safety Working Group
Thursday, August 27th at
11 AM – 12:30 PM EDT |
5 PM – 6:30 PM CEST.
In order to register, kindly click on the following link:


ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations [to 22 Aug 2020]
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IFPMA [to 22 Aug 2020]
Selected Press Releases, Statements, Publications
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PhRMA [to 22 Aug 2020]
Selected Press Releases, Statements
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