Organization Announcements

Organization Announcements
Editor’s Note:
Careful readers will note that the number and range of organizations now monitored in our Announcements section below has grown as the impacts of the pandemic have spread across global economies, supply chains and programmatic activity of multilateral agencies and INGOs.


Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group [to 22 May 2021]
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BARDA – U.S. Department of HHS [to 22 May 2021]
No new digest content identified.


BMGF – Gates Foundation [to 22 May 2021]
Press Releases and Statements
No new digest content identified.


Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute [to 22 May 2021]
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
No new digest content identified.


CARB-X [to 22 May 2021]
05.19.2021  |
CARB-X is funding Basilea Pharmaceutica to develop a new class of antibiotics to treat drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria
CARB-X is awarding Basilea Pharmaceutica International (SIX: BSLN), Basel, Switzerland, up to US $2.7 million to develop a novel class of antibiotics to treat Gram-negative bacterial infections. Gram-negative bacteria, often called ‘superbugs’ because they have developed resistance at an alarming pace to existing antibiotics, kill an estimated 700,000 people each year around the world.

05.18.2021  |
CARB-X is funding Summit Therapeutics to develop a new antibiotic to treat multidrug-resistant infections caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
CARB-X is awarding Summit Therapeutics, (NASDAQ: SMMT) headquartered in Cambridge, MA, USA, with its Discuva subsidiary located in Cambridgeshire, UK, up to US$4.1 million in non-dilutive funding to develop a first-in-class antibiotic to treat multidrug-resistant infections, specifically carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections including those caused by serious human pathogens such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Under the award, Summit could receive additional funding of up to $3.7 million from CARB-X if project milestones are achieved, subject to available funds.  The award will help the company progress the SMT-738 antibiotic project through preclinical and Phase 1a clinical development.


Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy – GE2P2 Global Foundation [to 22 May 2021]
:: Past weekly editions and posting of all segments of Vaccines and Global Health: The Week in Review are available here.
:: [NEW] Informed Consent: A Monthly Review – May 2021 is now posted here


CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations [to 22 May 2021]
Latest News
Former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr Nicole Lurie appointed US Director at CEPI, the global partnership to develop vaccines to stop future epidemics
Dr Lurie to lead CEPI’s work in the US and strengthen CEPI’s collaboration with the USA
News 20 May 2021

Survey launched by CEPI to track multinational vaccine manufacturing capacity for use in future epidemics and pandemics
The landscaping exercise aims to build the first of-its-kind map tracking cross-regional vaccine production capabilities. 
News 19 May 20


DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [to 22 May 2021
No new digest content identified.


Duke Global Health Innovation Center [to 22 May 2021]
Last dated update: FRIDAY, April 16, 2021


EDCTP [to 22 May 2021]
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
No new digest content identified.


Emory Vaccine Center [to 22 May 2021]
Vaccine Center News
No new digest content identified.


European Vaccine Initiative [to 22 May 2021]
Latest News
No new digest content identified.


FDA [to 22 May 2021]
Press Announcements /Selected Details
May 21, 2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: May 21, 2021

May 20, 2021 – FDA In Brief: FDA Solicits Public Feedback on Discussion Paper as Part of its Ongoing Commitment to Patient Safety

May 19, 2021 – FDA In Brief: FDA Authorizes Longer Time for Refrigerator Storage of Thawed Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Prior to Dilution, Making Vaccine More Widely Available

May 19, 2021 – FDA In Brief: FDA Advises Against Use of SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Test Results to Evaluate Immunity or Protection From COVID-19, Including After Vaccination

May 18, 2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: May 18, 2021

May 18, 2021 – FDA In Brief: Science Forum Highlights Regulatory Science Advancements in Protecting and Promoting Public Health
[See U.S. COVID Actions above for detail]


Fondation Merieux [to 22 May 2021]
News, Events
Mérieux Foundation co-organized event
AMR in times of COVID-19 webinar
May 28, 2021 – Virtual Event


Gavi [to 22 May 2021]
News Releases
21 May 2021
Global leaders renew their commitment to address urgency of COVID-19 pandemic
:: At today’s Global Health Summit, hosted by the European Commission and Italy as chair of the G20, leaders pledged their support to the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC)
:: Italy committed EUR 300 million to the Gavi COVAX AMC, which will count towards COVAX’s goal of procuring 1.8 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for lower-income economies in 2021.
:: In addition, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland – as part of Team Europe – pledged to share a combined total of over 100 million vaccine doses with middle- and low-income economies, boosting short term supplies.

21 May 2021
Gavi signs agreement with Johnson & Johnson for supply of its COVID-19 vaccine to COVAX
:: The signed advance purchase agreement (APA) is for a commitment to purchase 200 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with the goal of them being made available to the COVAX Facility in 2021
:: Doses will be delivered to self-financing participants of the COVAX Facility as well as lower-income economies eligible to be supported by the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC)
:: Gavi CEO Seth Berkley: “This agreement means the COVAX Facility is able to offer participants yet another safe and effective tool against the pandemic. I welcome Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to equitable access and to expanding global manufacturing. As a one dose vaccine, the J&J vaccine has particular relevance for places with difficult infrastructure, making it a very important addition to the portfolio.”

18 May 2021
Go Give One campaign gives public the opportunity to support access to COVID-19 vaccines for lower-income countries
:: Individuals can now directly fund vaccines for lower-income countries via the Gavi COVAX AMC to help end the pandemic
:: The platform will give businesses a chance to match employee and customer contributions


GHIT Fund [to 22 May 2021]
GHIT was set up in 212 with the aim of developing new tools to tackle infectious diseases that
May 18, 2021
GHIT Fund Announces New Investments: A Total of 960 Million Yen in Drugs for Leishmaniasis and Diagnostics for Buruli Ulcer and Chagas Disease


Global Fund [to 22 May 2021]
News & Stories
G20 Reaffirms Commitment to ACT-A to Fight COVID-19
21 May 2021
G20 leaders and heads of international and regional organizations reaffirmed their commitment to fight pandemics and support the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator –a ground breaking collaboration of global partners to accelerate the development, production and equitable delivery of new tests, treatments, vaccines and health supplies worldwide.


Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness [GloPID-R] [to 22 May 2021]
No new digest content identified.


Hilleman Laboratories [to 22 May 2021]
Website not responding at inquiry


Human Vaccines Project [to 22 May 2021]
No new digest content identified.


IAVI [to 22 May 2021]
May 21, 2021
In Memoriam: Dr. Deepak Gaur

May 19, 2021
We need to prioritize African women in HIV vaccine research — its future success depends on it
This HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, we join the call for women to be at the center of the HIV response to lead their own solutions.



International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities [ICMRA]
Selected Statements, Press Releases, Research
No new digest content identified.


ICRC [to 22 May 2021]
Selected News Releases, Statements, Reports
No new digest content identified.



International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association [IGBA]
No new digest content identified.



Press Releases/Announcements
No new digest content identified.


IFRC [to 22 May 2021]
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
Asia Pacific, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines
Asia: Vaccines run dry as COVID surges in Asia to new record death levels
Kuala Lumpur/Kathmandu/Delhi/Geneva, 21 May 2021 – Instant action is needed by governments and pharmaceutical companies to fix a COVID-19 vaccine supply crisis in Asia as countries run out of stocks while suffering grim record daily death tolls.  Nepal …
21 May 2021

Red Cross Red Crescent: We need new extraordinary steps to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines and we need them now
The following statement can be attributed to the President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Francesco Rocca, and to the President of the International Committee of Red Cross, Peter Maurer: The Internationa …
18 May 2021

India: Red Cross helps as cyclone strikes double blow in world COVID hotspot
Kuala Lumpur/Delhi, 17 May – Red Cross is urgently responding to keep people safe as a major cyclone sweeps up the west coast of India, threatening millions already reeling from a world-record COVID-19 surge. In recent days, India has seen a slight red …
17 May 2021


Institut Pasteur [to 22 May 2021]
Press Info
ART Plus Combination Immunotherapy Expands Natural Killer Cells That Facilitate Control of HIV
Yerkes National Primate Research Center researchers in collaboration with Institut Pasteur have determined a…


IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 22 May 2021]
Despite Positive Efforts, Too Many Migrants Face Challenges Accessing COVID-19 Vaccines
2021-05-18 09:33
Geneva – Government policies, operational realities and administrative requirements like identification cards and residency permits may be impeding access to national vaccination efforts for some migrants in 53 of the more than 160 countries where the International Organization…
[See COVID above for detail]


IRC International Rescue Committee [to 22 May 2021]
Media highlights [Selected]
Press Release
No new digest content identified.


IVAC [to 22 May 2021]
Updates; Events
No new digest content identified.


IVI [to 22 May 2021]
Selected IVI News, Announcements, Events
International Vaccine Institute and FII Institute sign MOU to cooperate on scientific research and publication
The agreement is an effort to further scientific research in infectious diseases and make knowledge more accessible through advocacy and joint publications.
May 19, 2021 – SEOUL, South Korea, RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) and the Future Investment Initiative Institute (FII-I) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to increase awareness and muster support to tackle infectious diseases. IVI and FII-I will endeavor to pursue strategic collaborations with each other, working together on topics that create value for both organizations within healthcare, more specifically within the field of infectious diseases…


JEE Alliance [to 22 May 2021]
Selected News and Events
No new digest content identified.


Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security [to 22 May 2021]
Center News
No new digest content identified.


MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 22 May 2021]
Latest [Selected Announcements
No new digest content identified.


National Academy of Medicine – USA [to 22 May 2021]
Selected News/Programs
Upcoming Events:
May 25, 2021
International Workshop on COVID-19 Lessons to Inform Pandemic Influenza Response, Day 3: Lessons Learned Across Fields
Time: 8:00 AM
This global public workshop will convene international experts, thought-leaders, and other stakeholders to discuss the emerging evidence on these unprecedented actions related to COVID-19 that could inform and advance pandemic and seasonal influenza vaccine preparedness efforts and subsequent response.

G20 Scientific Expert Panel, Co-Chaired by NAM President, Identifies Key Recommendations to Address Global Health Crises
May 21, 2021
[See Milestones above for detail]


National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS [to 22 May 2021]
Upcoming Meetings/Latest Updates
No new digest content identified.


NIH [to 22 May 2021]
News Releases
No new digest content identified.


UN OCHA Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [to 22 May 2021]
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


PATH [to 22 May 2021]
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 22 May 2021]
Statements and Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


UNAIDS [to 22 May 2021]
Selected Press Releases/Reports/Statements
21 May 2021
Support to countries’ equitable and resilient recovery from the pandemic towards the health SDGs: The 2021 SDG3 GAP progress report

21 May 2021
The world can only beat AIDS by ending the inequalities that drive the epidemic

20 May 2021
A grandmother’s transformative love for her transgender grandchild

19 May 2021
Integrated services and inclusion key to eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission in Dominica

19 May 2021
UNAIDS Executive Director engages with women leaders and young women in Namibia

18 May 2021
UNAIDS and its partners implement Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing in Madagascar


UNDP United Nations Development Programme [to 22 May 2021]
Latest from News Centre
No new digest content identified.


UNHCR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [to 22 May 2021]
Selected News Releases, Announcements
Statement attributable to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on the need to end US COVID-19 asylum restrictions
20 May 2021
I appeal to the government of the United States to swiftly lift the public health-related asylum restrictions that remain in effect at the border and to restore access to asylum for the people whose lives depend on it, in line with international legal and human rights obligations…


UNICEF [to 22 May 2021]
Selected Press Releases, Statements
Press release 05/20/2021
As deadly surge of COVID-19 sweeps across South Asia, UNICEF calls for US$164 million to help save lives
KATHMANDU, 21 May 2021 – UNICEF urgently requires US$164 million to procure oxygen and testing supplies, medical equipment, personal protective equipment and infection prevention and control material to help save lives amid a deadly wave of COVID-19 across South Asia.
The region, home to almost 2 billion people, accounts for half of known new infections globally. Over three new COVID-19 infections are being recorded every second. Mortality in the region is rising sharply, with more than three people dying every minute due to COVID-19.
“The sheer scale and speed of this new surge of COVID-19 is outstripping countries’ abilities to provide life-saving treatment,” said George Laryea-Adjei, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia. “Hospitals are overwhelmed, there is an acute lack of oxygen and other critical medical supplies, and there is a real risk of fragile health systems collapsing.”…

Statement 05/17/2021
The COVAX Facility will deliver its 65 millionth vaccine dose this week. It should’ve been at least its 170 millionth. The time to donate excess doses is now
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, as G7 countries gear up for June summit
[See COVID above for detail]


Unitaid [to 22 May 2021]
Featured News
No new digest content identified.


Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) [to 22 May 2021]
No new digest content identified.


Vaccine Confidence Project [to 22 May 2021]
News, Research and Reports
Coronavirus global impact
Launched April 2, 2020 and recurring every 3 days, Premise Data is utilizing its global network of Contributors to assess economic, social, and health sentiment surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Social media conversations and attitudes in the UK towards COVID-19
12 May 2021
These reports provide insights on key topics of conversation around coronavirus in the UK with a focus on five preventive behaviours (social distancing, self-isolation, lockdown, wearing masks, and a coronavirus vaccine).


Vaccine Education Center – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [to 22 May 2021]
No new digest content identified.


Wellcome Trust [to 22 May 2021]
News and reports
No new digest content identified.


The Wistar Institute [to 22 May 2021]
Press Releases
May. 20, 2021
The Wistar Institute and Other Top U.S. Cancer Centers Call for Urgent Action to Get Cancer-Preventing HPV Vaccination Back on Track
PHILADELPHIA – May 20, 2021 – The Wistar Institute has partnered with doctors and scientists across America at National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers to issue a joint statement urging the nation’s physicians, parents and young adults to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination back on track.
“Vaccination is critical to preventing human papillomavirus infection that can lead to cervical cancer, head and neck cancer and other preventable, HPV-related cancers. Yet pandemic-related safety concerns are discouraging people across the country from receiving these important, safe and effective HPV vaccines,” said Dario Altieri, M.D., Wistar president and CEO, Cancer Center director, and the Robert & Penny Fox Distinguished Professor. “It is vital that we remain vigilant against these preventable cancers and ensure HPV vaccination of our children and young adults and continue to schedule routine cancer screenings and check-ups each year.”
Dramatic drops in annual well visits and immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused a significant vaccination gap and lag in vital preventive services among U.S. children and adolescents—especially for the HPV vaccine…


WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations [to 22 May 2021]
Latest News
2020-2021 Annual Report Is Now Available!
May 20, 2021
2020-2021 Annual Report Is Now Available!Here, review our major initiatives and activities from the past 12 months, explore our achievements and have an insight of our plan for the next year.

The Winners & the Losers in COVID-19 Immunization
May 19, 2021
The Winners & the Losers in COVID-19 ImmunizationCOVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in our society. To fight the virus, the global public health workforce must advocate for vulnerable communities who are disproportionately harmed in this…


World Bank [to 22 May 2021]
Selected News, Announcements
Remarks by World Bank Group President David Malpass at the Global Health Summit Co-Hosted by the European Commission and Italy, as Chair of the G20
Excellencies, Thank you, Prime Minister Draghi, and President von der Leyen. I share the intensity and deep emotions of previous speakers in combatting the pandemic. Together, we need to find faster and…
Date: May 21, 2021 Type: Speeches and Transcripts

Remarks of Mamta Murthi, Vice President for Human Development, at an Event on Vaccine Supply Chain and Manufacturing
Thank you for giving me this opportunity and organizing this very informative and valuable summit. I was asked to give a perspective from the World Bank on the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain challenges…
Date: May 19, 2021 Type: Statement
[See COVID above for detail]


World Customs Organization – WCO [to 22 May 2021]
Latest News – Selected Items
No new digest content identified.


World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) [to 22 May 2021]
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


WTO – World Trade Organisation [to 22 May 2021]
WTO News and Events
DG Okonjo-Iweala calls on WTO members to tackle vaccine inequity
Speaking to G20 leaders and the heads of international organizations on 21 May, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said WTO members could contribute to greater equity in the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines by lowering supply chain barriers, fully using existing production capacity, and addressing issues related to intellectual property, access and innovation.
[See COVID above for detail]

Webinar to address delivery of medical technologies, vaccines to their final destination
21 May 2021
A panel of experts will explore on 26 May 2021 the factors determining the successful delivery of medical technologies and vaccines to their final destination. The webinar will discuss the lessons learned so far and will consider how to undertake a practical and forward-looking approach. The event forms part of a series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)…
The webinar is an integral part of the “Virtual Course on Trade and Public Health with a Special Focus on the COVID-19 Pandemic” and is open to the public. It will take place on 26 May 2021, from 13:00 to 15:00 (CET).
Registration for the webinar is available here.
The full programme of the event is available here.
The event will be live streamed through the WTO YouTube channel.





ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine] [to 22 May 2021]
Press Releases – Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


BIO [to 22 May 2021]
Press Releases
BIO Cheers Biden Announcement to Share 20 Million Doses of Vaccines with Developing Nations
May 18, 2021
“The White House’s decision to send Covid-19 vaccines to countries in need is an important step to ensuring people around the globe have access to lifesaving shots and ending this global pandemic. “As part of BIO’s recently-proposed Global “SHARE”…


DCVMN – Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network [to 22 May 2021]
News; Upcoming events
No new digest content identified.


ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations [to 22 May 2021]
EU Healthcare Biotech Policy Priorities for SMEs
3 JUN. 2021 — 03 Jun. 2021
Join the EuropaBio Healthcare Biotechnology Team for a dive into EU policies that impact your current operations and will shape your future strategies.  With EU-level strategies within Pharmaceuticals, Intellectual Property, Orphan Medicines and the proposed ‘European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA)’…


IFPMA [to 22 May 2021]
Selected Press Releases, Statements, Publications
Five steps to urgently advance COVID-19 vaccine equity
19 May 2021
[See COVID above for detail]


PhRMA [to 22 May 2021]
Selected Press Releases, Statements
ICYMI: PhRMA president and CEO Stephen J. Ubl joins other industry leaders for a conversation on COVID-19 vaccines with Axios
May 21, 2021
On May 19, Axios hosted an event discussing the unprecedented development of COVID-19 vaccines and the road ahead.

Five Steps to Urgently Advance COVID-19 Vaccine Equity
May 19, 2021
Released jointly by PhRMA, ABPI, BIO, EFPIA, ICBA, IFPMA and Vaccines Europe.
[See COVID above for detail]