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 12 Jun 2021]
No new digest content identified.


BARDA – U.S. Department of HHS [to 12 Jun 2021]
June 8, 2021: Biden Administration Recommends Policy Changes to Secure U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain


BMGF – Gates Foundation [to 12 Jun 2021]
Press Releases and Statements
No new digest content identified.


Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute [to 12 Jun 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
Jun 10, 2021
Penny Heaton @drpennyheaton
It’s a bittersweet day as I announce my departure from @GatesMRI to join @JanssenGlobal. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have led such an incredible organization – and I’m excited to lead a team transforming global #vaccine development.


CARB-X [to 12 Jun 2021]
06.08.2021  |
CARB-X is funding Accelerate Diagnostics to develop a rapid optical imaging diagnostic for sepsis and serious antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections
CARB-X is awarding Accelerate Diagnostics, a Tucson, Arizona, USA, biotech company, up to US$578,000 to develop new fiber optic technology to diagnose sepsis or the risk of sepsis. Accelerate would be eligible for up to $2.1 million in additional funds from CARB-X if the project meets certain milestones, subject to available funds.


Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy – GE2P2 Global Foundation [to 12 Jun 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 – June 2021 is now posted here


CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations [to 12 Jun 2021]
Latest News
G7 summit: an opportunity to conquer the pandemic
As leaders of the world’s wealthiest economies convene in Cornwall, UK, we have a once in a generation moment to build a world better placed to deal with the next pandemic.
11 Jun 2021

Vaccine specialists and global health experts selected for CEPI’s Scientific Advisory Committee
The group will provide key guidance and recommendations on CEPI’s vaccine R&D programmes and broader outbreak response efforts.
09 Jun 2021

Conquering COVID-19 and future pandemic threats
Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI, discuss how to control COVID-19 and what needs to be done to end pandemics.
07 Jun 2021


DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [to 12 Jun 2021
No new digest content identified.


Duke Global Health Innovation Center [to 12 Jun 2021]


Last dated update: FRIDAY, June 4, 2021


EDCTP [to 12 Jun 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 12 Jun 2021]
Vaccine Center News
No new digest content identified.


European Vaccine Initiative [to 12 Jun 2021]
Latest News
No new digest content identified.


FDA [to 12 Jun 2021]
Press Announcements /Selected Details
June 11, 2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021 – FDA Takes Steps to Increase Availability of COVID-19 Vaccine
Following careful review and deliberation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking important steps that will allow a critically needed supply of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine to be made available.
The agency is announcing today that it is authorizing for use, under the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, two batches of vaccine drug substance manufactured at the Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore. Before making this decision, the FDA conducted a thorough review of facility records and the results of quality testing performed by the manufacturer. Based on this review and considering the current COVID-19 public health emergency, the FDA concluded these batches are suitable for use. While the FDA is not yet ready to include the Emergent BioSolutions plant in the Janssen EUA as an authorized manufacturing facility, the agency continues to work through issues there with Janssen and Emergent BioSolutions management…

June 8, 2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: June 8, 2021


Fondation Merieux [to 12 Jun 2021]
News, Events
No new digest content identified


Gavi [to 12 Jun 2021]
News Releases
10 June 2021
Gavi welcomes U.S. decision to procure 500 million vaccine doses to be delivered through COVAX
[See COVID above for full text]


GHIT Fund [to 12 Jun 2021]
GHIT was set up in 212 with the aim of developing new tools to tackle infectious diseases that
No new digest content identified.


Global Fund [to 12 Jun 2021]
News & Stories
No new digest content identified


Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness [GloPID-R] [to 12 Jun 2021]
Global COVID-19 research agenda still missing the priorities of low- and middle-income countries
An article published today in The Lancet calls for urgent collaboration and coordination for unmet, underfunded COVID-19 research priorities in low-resource settings.   Over…


Hilleman Laboratories [to 12 Jun 2021]
Website not responding at inquiry


Human Vaccines Project [to 12 Jun 2021]
No new digest content identified.


IAVI [to 12 Jun 2021]
No new digest content identified.



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


ICRC [to 12 Jun 2021]
Selected News Releases, Statements, Reports
Global Advisory Board on digital threats during conflict
A high-level advisory board is supporting the ICRC on legal and policy challenges to protect civilians from cyber threats and other digital risks during conflict
09-06-2021 | Article



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



Press Releases/Announcements
No new digest content identified.


IFRC [to 12 Jun 2021]
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
Asia Pacific, Myanmar
Myanmar: Red Cross ramps up response as humanitarian crisis deepens
Kuala Lumpur/Yangon/Geneva, 8 June 2021 – The Myanmar Red Cross supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is scaling up emergency support as hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar need immediate assist …
8 June 2021

Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey
Red Cross Red Crescent warns of the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people in Europe
Several studies by Red Cross and Red Crescent societies across Europe show an alarming pattern, which requires increased efforts to tackle inequity and assist those most in need.
7 June 2021


Institut Pasteur [to 12 Jun 2021]
Press Info
No new digest content identified.


IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 12 Jun 2021]
Empowering Migrants is Key to COVID-19 Recovery
2021-06-10 19:38
A joint research by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) conducted in nine countries shows that the pandemic has increased poverty and unemployment for many migrants and their families. Data collected in Bangladesh, Belarus, El Salvador, Guinea, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Lesotho, the Republic of Moldova and Peru showed that travel restrictions have left a significant number of migrants stranded, with others forced to return to their home countries where they face hardship…
The study further shows that:
:: As many as 180,000 Indonesian migrant workers returned home in 2020, with 75 percent facing unemployment and some households seeing a 60 percent drop in income.
:: More than 150,000 of the Kyrgyz Republic’s 1 million migrants returned from working abroad in a context marked by the already-high unemployment and 10 percent contraction in the economy brought about by COVID-19, placing pressure on public services.
:: Increased discrimination and stigma among women in Kyrgyz Republic with 80 percent restricted from managing their own money by their families.
::In La Unión in El Salvador, where much of the population works overseas and has since returned, one in three households had a family member who lost their job…


IRC International Rescue Committee [to 12 Jun 2021]
Media highlights [Selected]
No new digest content identified.


IVAC [to 12 Jun 2021]
Updates; Events
Webinar: Vaccines, Primary Care, and Public Health—After COVID, What’s Next?
When: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm ET
Join Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, for a 60-minute webinar hosted by the International Vaccine Access Center to discuss what roles and strategies vaccines, primary care and public health will play while we prepare for life after COVID-19.


IVI [to 12 Jun 2021]
Selected IVI News, Announcements, Events
No new digest content identified.


JEE Alliance [to 12 Jun 2021]
Selected News and Events
No new digest content identified.


Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security [to 12 Jun 2021]
Center News
No new digest content identified.


MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 12 Jun 2021]
Latest [Selected Announcements
No new digest content identified.


National Academy of Medicine – USA [to 12 Jun 2021]
Selected News/Programs
No new digest content identified.


National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS [to 12 Jun 2021]
Upcoming Meetings/Latest Updates
NVAC 2021 Meetings
June 16-17, 2021 NVAC Meeting = Agenda


NIH [to 12 Jun 2021]
News Releases
NIH leaders detail commitment to end structural racism in biomedical science
June 10, 2021 — Scientists, administrators, and staff set forth a frame work to end structural racism across the biomedical research enterprise


UN OCHA Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [to 12 Jun 2021]
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


PATH [to 12 Jun 2021]
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


Rockefeller Foundation [to 12 Jun 2021]
Reports/Press Releases
Jun 10 2021
Press Releases
More than 8 in 10 Parents Plan to Send Their Children to In-person School in the Fall
New research, conducted by RAND Corporation and commissioned by The Rockefeller Foundation, details parents’ preferences for in-person school safety measures and how they differ on racial and ethnic lines. New York …

Jun 09 2021
Press Releases
The Rockefeller Foundation Announces Key Grants & Collaborations to Strengthen Global Genomic Sequencing & Data Sharing
The Rockefeller Foundation announces over $20 million in funding and several non-financial collaborations to help strengthen global capabilities to detect and respond to pandemic threats by strengthening organizations’ abilities to sequence and share genomic information and other data rapidly. Collaborating with over 20 organizations from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, this enhanced network will begin to shape The Rockefeller Foundation’s pandemic prevention institute.


Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 12 Jun 2021]
Statements and Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


UNAIDS [to 12 Jun 2021]
Selected Press Releases/Reports/Statements
11 June 2021
What responses to HIV and COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific led by civil society can teach us

11 June 2021
City leaders unite to regain momentum in the urban HIV response

11 June 2021
Young key populations from Asia and the Pacific claiming their space at the 2021 High-Level Meeting on AIDS

11 June 2021
First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire sponsors national consultation on paediatric HIV and tuberculosis

10 June 2021
Putting people and communities at the centre of the HIV response

10 June 2021
Resources and funding for an effective AIDS response

10 June 2021
Addressing inequalities to end AIDS: 10 years to 2030

9 June 2021
Prioritizing human rights to end inequalities and end AIDS

8 June 2021
Opening remarks by UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima at the High-Level Meeting on AIDS

8 June 2021
Strengthening national social protection systems

8 June 2021
Science, HIV and COVID-19—where are we headed?

8 June 2021
Caribbean stakeholders call for focus on key populations and community-led approaches to HIV and COVID-19

7 June 2021
Faith2EndAIDS, Faith2EndInequality

7 June 2021
Costa Rica joins Global Partnership for Action to Eliminate all Forms of HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination

7 June 2021
Jamaica partnership works to promote human rights


UNDP United Nations Development Programme [to 12 Jun 2021]
News Centre
No new digest content identified.


UNHCR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [to 12 Jun 2021]
Selected News Releases, Announcements
Global legal community steps up for refugees amid pandemic, providing 165,000 hours of free legal aid
8 Jun 2021


UNICEF [to 12 Jun 2021]
Selected Press Releases, Statements
UNICEF statement on UK budget cuts
NEW YORK, 8 June 2021 – “We remain deeply concerned by the decision of the UK Government to reduce funding to UNICEF. We depend on these resources to sustain our humanitarian and development programmes for millions of children around the world, helping us to reach them before, during and after crises.
“Any cuts to these vital funds will have serious consequences for the most vulnerable children, especially now that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a global spike in the number of those in need of essential education, protection, health and water services. We estimate that 150 million additional children are living in multidimensional poverty because of the pandemic.
“It is too soon to know the full impact that UK funding cuts will have on UNICEF programmes, but early indications paint an alarming picture.
“The UK Government has already announced a 60 per cent reduction in core funding to UNICEF, funding which enables us to react swiftly to emergencies and help children recover afterwards…

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore’s remarks at the Humanitarian Liaison Working Group on Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines in Humanitarian Settings
As prepared for delivery
… “Third — we need funding.
“Yes, delivering vaccines within emergencies is more expensive. And yes, donors have already spent billions to establish the COVAX Facility.
“But they won’t see a return on this investment until every person is vaccinated — including in fragile settings.
“Without effective delivery systems, vaccines are little more than vials on a shelf. Despite the higher cost involved, we urgently need more funding to get these vaccines delivered and into people’s arms.
“The establishment of the Humanitarian Buffer was an important milestone. But as a humanitarian community, we need to turn up the volume on the need for vaccine-delivery funding across all emergencies.
“And fourth — we need to ensure that we maintain, and continue to fund, routine vaccinations and other essential health interventions in humanitarian emergencies.
The onset of the pandemic last year devastated these efforts, disrupting planned immunization campaigns across 83 countries. While 35 countries have since resumed these campaigns, 48 countries have not — leaving millions of children vulnerable to preventable disease.
“We urge that the COVID-19 vaccines being delivered — especially those in humanitarian settings including through the Humanitarian Buffer — are delivered alongside a full package of health services, including routine immunizations for other diseases…

Press release
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors join 28* high-profile UNICEF supporters to urge G7 countries to donate COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries
Ahead of G7 leaders summit this weekend, UNICEF Ambassadors and Supporters publish joint letter urging G7 leaders to commit to sharing at least 20 per cent of available COVID-19 vaccine doses.


Unitaid [to 12 Jun 2021]
Featured News
UK government funding cuts: statement from Unitaid’s Chair and Executive Director
Geneva, 10 June 2021 – Unitaid has been informed by the Government of the United Kingdom that our funding from the UK has been cut from an expected £77 million in 2021 to just £6 million. This includes a deferred contribution of £33 million from 2020.
While recognising that the pandemic has placed governments in an unexpected and challenging economic situation, we deeply regret such a significant step back from a strong partner and the second largest donor to the organisation, at a moment when equitable access to health solutions is more needed than ever.
Beyond the direct devastating effects of COVID-19, these fifteen months of pandemic have already set back the progress made so far in the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis by ten to twelve years.
Investments are urgently needed, not only to boost manufacturing capacity, supply and the equitable distribution of tools against the COVID-19 pandemic, but also crucially to mitigate against collateral damage in the global fight against diseases which predominantly impact the most vulnerable.
The announced cuts will reduce the resources available to Unitaid to provide end-to-end game-changing solutions that address the multiple challenges facing global health. However, it is important to stress that in spite of this context, the organisation remains strongly committed to its mandate.
We hope the decrease in the UK contribution is only temporary.


Vaccination Acceptance & Demand Initiative [Sabin) [to 12 Jun 2021]
No new digest content identified.


Vaccine Confidence Project [to 12 Jun 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).


Vaccine Education Center – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [to 12 Jun 2021]
No new digest content identified.


Wellcome Trust [to 12 Jun 2021]
News and reports
Author – Sophie Evekink
3 things G7 leaders can do to end the Covid-19 pandemic
7 June 2021

Author – Will Hall
The road to 1 billion vaccines – what Covid-19 dose sharing commitments are needed from the G7
6 June 2021
As the G7 leaders meet in Cornwall this month, we are calling on them to share 1 billion vaccine doses before the end of 2021, starting immediately.


The Wistar Institute [to 12 Jun 2021]
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations [to 12 Jun 2021]
Latest News
No new digest content identified.


World Bank [to 12 Jun 2021]
Selected News, Announcements
World Bank Group President David Malpass: Statement on COVID-19 Response and Vaccinations for Developing Countries
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2021—World Bank Group President David Malpass today issued the following statement in advance of the G7 Leaders’ Summit: “I warmly welcome the G7’s vital work on helping to accelerate…
Date: June 11, 2021 Type: Statement
[See COVID above for detail]

13 million People to Receive COVID-19 vaccination in Ghana
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2021 –The World Bank today approved a $200 million Ghana COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response Project Second Additional Financing. In collaboration with the COVAX Facility…
Date: June 10, 2021 Type: Press Release

World Bank’s Operational Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in East Asia and the Pacific
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has taken a drastic human toll, and the economic and social impacts of the pandemic are reverberating globally. As countries around the world work to contain the spread…
Date: June 10, 2021 Type: Brief

Additional COVID-19 Funding to Help Lao PDR Reach 50% Vaccination Target
Vientiane, June 10, 2021 – An additional US$15 million has been made available to help the Lao PDR stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, following an agreement between the World Bank…
Date: June 10, 2021 Type: Press Release

Sierra Leone Receives Additional Support for Access and Effective Vaccines Deployment
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2021 — The World Bank approved an $8.5 million grant in additional financing to support affordable and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in Sierra Leone. The funds will provide…
Date: June 08, 2021 Type: Press Release

Global Recovery Strong but Uneven as Many Developing Countries Struggle with the Pandemic’s Lasting Effects
Output to remain below pre-COVID trends despite robust rebound by US and ChinaWASHINGTON, June 8, 2021 — The global economy is expected to expand 5.6% in 2021, the fastest post-recession pace in 80 years…
Date: June 08, 2021 Type: Press Release L

Georgia’s Vaccination Rollout to be Strengthened with $34.5 Million Additional Financing from World Bank
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2021 – Georgia’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts will gain a major boost thanks to $34.5 million in additional financing approved today by the World Bank. This financing augments the original…
Date: June 07, 2021 Type: Press Release


World Customs Organization – WCO [to 12 Jun 2021]
Latest News – Selected Items
09 June 2021
WCO supports global fight against illicit trafficking during a joint Press Conference in Antwerp


World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) [to 12 Jun 2021]
Press Releases
Dr Monique Éloit is re-elected as Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
During her second term (June 2021-June 2026), Dr Éloit will provide leadership over the implementation of the 7th Strategic Plan, focused on global animal health governance.
Paris, 3 June 2021 – At the close of the 88th General Session of the World Assembly, OIE national Delegates confirmed Dr Monique Éloit for a second term as OIE Director General. The vote was held by secret ballot and followed the “one country, one vote” rule. Dr Éloit has served as the Director General since 2016. Over the past five years, she has strived to restructure the actions of the Organisation to modernise its different programmes and to enhance the transparency of internal procedures, with the aim to consolidate OIE’s position among major international organisations.
While thanking the Assembly for her re-election, she reasserted her conviction that “the OIE should not remain solely focused on traditional animal health topics, such as livestock disease control, but that it should go beyond them, by investing more significantly in veterinary public health subjects as they have an impact on the whole of society.”…



ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine] [to 12 Jun 2021]
Press Releases – Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (
Selected Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


BIO [to 12 Jun 2021]
Press Releases
BIO Takes on Health Equity in Clinical Trials
June 10, 2021
First-ever BIO Clinical Trial Diversity Summit will engage stakeholders to build a sustainable and equitable clinical development ecosystem


DCVMN – Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network [to 12 Jun 2021]
News; Upcoming events
No new digest content identified.


ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations [to 12 Jun 2021]
No new digest content identified.


IFPMA [to 12 Jun 2021]
Selected Press Releases, Statements, Publications
Biopharmaceutical industry welcomes COVID-19 vaccine-sharing pledges but warn challenges remain to urgently address vaccine inequity
11 June 2021
[See COVID above for detail]

R&D bio-pharmaceutical groups warn about rise in COVID-19 falsified medical products in Africa and call
10 June 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a global surge in reported falsified medical products including personal protective equipment, diagnostic tests, and more recently falsified or substandard medicines, “cures” and vaccines.  In Africa, the challenge of falsified and substandard medicines is even more pronounced with over 40% of all the counterfeits reported to the WHO, emanating from Africa. In November last year, a large consignment of counterfeit Covid vaccines was seized in South Africa.
Association of Representatives of Ethical Pharmaceutical Industries (AREPI), The Innovative Pharmaceutical association South Africa (IPASA), Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industry (KAPI) and the Association des Industriels Pharmaceutiques en Afrique Francophone Subsaharienne (LIPA), together with International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) call on the African and global health communities to raise awareness about the dangers of substandard and falsified medical products during this particularly challenging time for Global Health…

Global pharmaceutical industry response to G7 communiqués on antimicrobial resistance
08 June 2021


PhRMA [to 12 Jun 2021]
Latest News
Coming together to fight COVID-19: A conversation with Barry Greene, CEO of Sage Therapeutics
June 9, 2021
Research is focused on finding ways to help improve or correct brain function in serious brain health disorders, and to help it stay that way.
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