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 10 Jul 2021]
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BARDA – U.S. Department of HHS [to 10 Jul 2021]
No new digest content identified.


BMGF – Gates Foundation [to 10 Jul 2021]
Press Releases and Statements
Press release
Jul 07, 2021
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman Announces Initial Plans to Evolve Governance as Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates Commit $15 Billion in New Resources to Deepen and Accelerate the Foundation’s Efforts to Address Inequity
Changes will expand the number of trustees to add diversity of perspectives, strengthen governance, and ensure the foundation is positioned to enhance its impact for years to come


Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute [to 10 Jul 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 10 Jul 2021]
No new digest content identified.


Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy – GE2P2 Global Foundation [to 10 Jul 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 – July 2021 is now posted here


CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations [to 10 Jul 2021]
Latest News
CEPI to fund study of COVID-19 vaccine efficacy in immunosuppressed and transplant patients, led by Oslo University Hospital
July 6, 2021; Oslo, Norway: The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) today announced that it will co-fund a study to assess the immune response to COVID-19 vaccination in patients aged 18 years or older who are immunosuppressed or who have received an organ transplant and are receiving immunosuppressive medication. CEPI will provide US$3.1 million (NOK26 million) in funding for this trial. An additional $3.6 million (NOK30 million) is provided by a consortium of leading Norwegian health organisations including the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Diakonhjemmet Hospital, Akershus University Hospital, Haukeland University Hospital, Sørlandet Hospital Trust, Oslo University Hospital, and the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oslo. Oslo University Hospital will lead the study.


News; Publications
No new digest content identified.


DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [to 10 Jul 2021
No new digest content identified.


Duke Global Health Innovation Center [to 10 Jul 2021]
No new digest content identified.


EDCTP [to 10 Jul 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 10 Jul 2021]
Vaccine Center News
No new digest content identified.


European Vaccine Initiative [to 10 Jul 2021]
Latest News
No new digest content identified


FDA [to 10 Jul 2021]
July 9, 2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: July 9, 2021

July 8, 2021 – Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Vaccine Boosters
[See COVID USA above for detail]

July 6, 2021 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: July 6, 2021
:: On Thursday, June 29, 2021, Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. and the Director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., discussed the updates on myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines during a stakeholder call with Vaccinate Your Family and pediatric and healthcare groups. To watch and listen to the call, visit FDA’s YouTube channelExternal Link Disclaimer.


Fondation Merieux [to 10 Jul 2021]
News, Events
No new digest content identified


Gavi [to 10 Jul 2021]
News Releases
No new digest content identified.


GHIT Fund [to 10 Jul 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 10 Jul 2021]
News & Stories
No new digest content identified.


Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness [GloPID-R] [to 10 Jul 2021]
Where to next? Crucial insights on trends and gaps for future research funding in the long battle against COVID-19
Researchers and funders around the world can tap into the latest trends and gaps for future COVID-19 research to funnel resources towards greatest research needs.
…The UKCDR/GloPID-R COVID-19 Research Project Tracker continues to be one of the most comprehensive resources on COVID-19 research funding globally. It now contains over 11,397 funded research projects from more than 227 different research funders in 142 different countries, representing an investment of at least $4.8 billion (as of 2 July 2021)…


Hilleman Laboratories [to 10 Jul 2021]
Website reports “under maintenance” at inquiry


Human Vaccines Project [to 10 Jul 2021]
News webpage not responding at inquiry


IAVI [to 10 Jul 2021]
Latest News
No new digest content identified.



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


ICRC [to 10 Jul 2021]
Selected News Releases, Statements, Reports
The World Bank, ICRC and UNICEF launch a report on joining forces in humanitarian and development collaboration to improve responses to protracted crises
Water and sanitation are priorities in both humanitarian and development work, but evidence shows that a lack of collaboration in conflict and violence-affected contexts between humanitarian and development support agencies is increasing costs, reduc
09-07-2021 | News release

Bangladesh: ICRC donates body bags, PPE items to ensure dignified handling of COVID-19 deceased
To ensure the safety of those who handle the bodies, the ICRC donated 2,535 body bags and 73,293 items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to different agencies of first responders across Bangladesh.
05-07-2021 | Article



International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association [IGBA]
Global regulators and coalition of pharma and vaccine manufacturing associations come together to discuss COVID-19 pandemic response (July 2021)
[See COVID above for detail]



Press Releases/Announcements
No new digest content identified.


IFRC [to 10 Jul 2021]
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
IFRC warns human-caused climate change made record-breaking heatwave 150 times more likely, putting lives at risk
Geneva, 8 July 2021 – Recent rocketing temperatures are having a severe impact on millions of people and putting lives at risk, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned. Last week’s record-breaking heatwave …
8 July 2021

Bangladesh: Delta fuels deadly COVID-19 surge amid crippling vaccine shortfalls
Kuala Lumpur/Dhaka/Geneva, 06 July 2021: Urgent action is needed to increase COVID-19 vaccine supplies for Bangladesh as hospitals reach capacity and oxygen supplies run short across the country.  The deadly Delta COVID-19 variant is spreading fast in …
6 July 2021


Institut Pasteur [to 10 Jul 2021]
Press Documents
No new digest content identified.


IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 10 Jul 2021]
IOM Launches Open South America Portal
2021-07-09 17:48
Buenos Aires – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, this week launched the Open South America Portal, a web platform providing migrants and stakeholders in the region with access to reliable and timely information on…


IVAC [to 10 Jul 2021]
Updates; Events
No new digest content identified.


IVI [to 10 Jul 2021]
Selected IVI News, Announcements, Events
IVI and KNUST establish collaborating center to conduct vaccine research and development for global health
July 5, 2021 – SEOUL, Republic of Korea and KUMASI, Ghana – The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) opened the KNUST-IVI Collaborating Center today with a ceremony at KNUST/Agogo Presbyterian Hospital.
The KNUST-IVI Collaborating Center will be a research and training site to implement ongoing and new collaborative projects, including disease surveillance, vaccine clinical development, vaccination campaigns, and vaccine effectiveness and health economics studies for infectious diseases prevalent to the region such as typhoid and invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella. The KNUST-IVI Collaborating Center is the first of its kind, initiated by IVI to enable joint research, development, and capacity-building activities to achieve regional health objectives as well as the UN’s global goals…


JEE Alliance [to 10 Jul 2021]
Selected News and Events
No new digest content identified.


Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security [to 10 Jul 2021]
Center News
No new digest content identified.


MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 10 Jul 2021]
Latest [Selected Announcements]
Food assistance urgently needed as nutrition crisis grips southern Madagascar
Project Update 9 Jul 2021

Millions of Syrians will lose access to vital aid if northwest border closes
Project Update 8 Jul 2021

MSF calls for Tigray murders investigation and safety for humanitarian workers
Press Release 7 Jul 2021

In Memoriam
María, Yohannes and Tedros, remembered by their colleagues
Voices from the Field 7 Jul 2021

Mediterranean migration
MSF is determined to return to sea to save lives after Geo Barents detained in Italy
Press Release 4 Jul 2021


National Academy of Medicine – USA [to 10 Jul 2021]
Selected News/Programs
G20 High Level Independent Panel Releases Report on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
July 9, 2021
[See COVID above for detail]


National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS [to 10 Jul 2021]
Upcoming Meetings/Latest Updates
No new digest content identified.


NIH [to 10 Jul 2021]
News Releases
NIH study associates COVID-19 surges with mortality increases for patients
July 8, 2021 — The analysis looked at data from 150,000 COVID-19 inpatients from 558 U.S. hospitals from March to August of 2020.

IH COVID-19 testing initiative funds additional research projects to safely return children to in-person school
July 2, 2021 — The awards are the second installment of the Safe Return to School Diagnostic Testing Initiative.


PATH [to 10 Jul 2021]
Press Releases
PATH welcomes Dr. Lutz Hegemann to the board of directors
July 7, 2021 – PATH’s board of directors is pleased to welcome Dr. Lutz Hegemann as its newest member. Dr. Hegemann will bring a unique mix of private-sector, research, and medical experience to the board.
“As we embark on the new PATH Strategy 2025, the board has a critical role in overseeing its implementation and supporting the global team in shaping the future of this organization,” said David King, chair of PATH’s board of directors. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Lutz join us at this pivotal moment. His expertise, experience, and perspective will be invaluable for PATH in the years ahead.”
Dr. Lutz Hegemann currently serves as the Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Global Health at Novartis International, where he is responsible for driving forward the corporate strategy of Novartis and integrating global health and environmental, social, and governance matters into the core of the business. He previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Global Health at Novartis. Dr. Hegemann has worked at Novartis since 2005 in roles of increasing responsibility…


Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 10 Jul 2021]
Statements and Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


UNAIDS [to 10 Jul 2021]
Selected Press Releases/Reports/Statements
8 July 2021
UNDP and UNAIDS support more than 300 pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV in Abidjan

8 July 2021
African first lady technical advisers align OAFLAD’s strategic plan with the new HIV targets

6 July 2021
UNAIDS saddened by the death of Phumzile Mabizela

5 July 2021
YouTube influencers campaign to increase PrEP uptake among Mandarin-speaking people in Australia

5 July 2021
Ending AIDS on wheels: a drive with Samuel Larkai


UNHCR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [to 10 Jul 2021]
Selected News Releases, Announcements
Data visualization brings to light COVID-19’s threats to forcibly displaced women and children
5 Jul 2021


UNICEF [to 10 Jul 2021]
Press Releases, News Notes, Statements [Selected]
Press release
1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Afghanistan through COVAX global dose-sharing mechanism
KABUL, 9 July 2021 – More than 1.4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine arrived today in Afghanistan. Donated by the United States to COVAX, the 1,484,900 doses were delivered through the COVAX Facility’s dose-sharing scheme to the Government of Afghanistan.
This is the first of two vaccine consignments to arrive this month, bringing the total donation to around 3.3 million doses…

Press release
UNICEF signs first COVID-19 vaccine agreement to supply African Union
The agreement will supply up to 220 million single-dose vaccines by 2022 as part of UNICEF’s broader support for the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to help provide vaccines for the 55 AU Member States
[See COVID above for detail]


Unitaid [to 10 Jul 2021]
Featured News
Unitaid statement on WHO recommendations for tocilizumab and sarilumab
Geneva, 7 July 2021 – Unitaid welcomes new recommendations released by the World Health Organisation for the clinical care package for patients with severe or critical COVID-19, adding two medicines (tocilizumab and sarilumab). Having more treatment options is clearly of huge benefit, especially given the current concerning epidemiological situation around the world.
Equitable access arrangements for medicines to treat patients with advanced COVID-19, and those for earlier stages of the disease, are key to fighting the pandemic. Access to COVID-19 (ACT) Accelerator partners are ready to support effective new therapeutic products for COVID-19, and we would welcome further details from Roche and Sanofi, respectively, on their plans for broad, sustainable access to these medicines to treat COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries.
In addition, these newly recommended medicines need to be used together with oxygen and corticosteroids, underlining the urgent need to increase access to medical oxygen and ensure adequate supplies of corticosteroids. The ACT-A Therapeutics pillar is already working to address this, with an advance purchase in 2020 of nearly 3 million doses of dexamethasone, and more recently the coordination of the COVID-19 Oxygen Emergency Taskforce.

Vaccine Equity Initiative [to 10 Jul 2021]
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Vaccination Acceptance & Demand Initiative [Sabin) [to 10 Jul 2021]
No new digest content identified.


Vaccine Confidence Project [to 10 Jul 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 10 Jul 2021]
No new digest content identified.


Wellcome Trust [to 10 Jul 2021]
News and reports
Author – Beth Thompson
To avoid the next pandemic we must invest in global solutions
9 July 2021


The Wistar Institute [to 10 Jul 2021]
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations [to 10 Jul 2021]
Latest News
Global Public Health Leaders Warn about Political Leadership that Harms
Jul 7, 2021
[See COVID above for detail]


World Bank [to 10 Jul 2021]
Selected News, Announcements
Responding to COVID-19 Across the Horn of Africa
In the Horn of Africa, conflicts and famine have triggered the displacement of millions of people within countries and across borders. Today, there are more than 2.7 million refugees and over six million…
Date: July 07, 2021 Type: Feature Story

Sri Lanka Gets First Batch of World Bank-financed COVID-19 Vaccines
COLOMBO, July 5, 2021—A consignment of Pfizer vaccines today arrived in Colombo, the first batch of 800,000 doses to be delivered in the next few weeks. A total of five million vaccines financed through…
Date: July 05, 2021 Type: Press Release


World Customs Organization – WCO [to 10 Jul 2021]
Latest News – Selected Items
No new digest content identified.


World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) [to 10 Jul 2021]
Press Releases, Statements
Countries must prioritise veterinarian access to COVID-19 vaccines
9 July 2021
[See COVID above for detail]

Expert’s voice
Supporting countries to better prepare and respond to zoonotic diseases: reflection from the Tripartite
6 July 2021
Technical officers from the Tripartite Organizations: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO), discuss zoonotic diseases (those that can pass between humans and animals) and how to support countries with their disease control and prevention interventions…


WTO – World Trade Organisation [to 10 Jul 2021]
WTO News and Events
DG Okonjo-Iweala highlights vital role of trade for global food security
6 July 2021
Addressing the Global Dialogue on Trade, a 6 July event organized by the WTO Secretariat in collaboration with the United Nations Food Systems Summit, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala underlined the growing importance of international trade in building the food systems needed for the 21st century.





ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine] [to 10 Jul 2021]
Press Releases – Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (
Selected Press Releases
No new digest content identified.


BIO [to 10 Jul 2021]
Press Releases, Letters, Testimony, Comments [Selected]
No new digest content identified.


DCVMN – Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network [to 10 Jul 2021]
News; Upcoming events
No new digest content identified.


ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations [to 10 Jul 2021]
No new digest content identified.


IFPMA [to 10 Jul 2021]
Selected Press Releases, Statements, Publications
Global regulators and coalition of pharma and vaccine manufacturing associations come together to discuss COVID-19
06 July 2021
On 7 July 2021, the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) is hosting a (virtual) workshop titled ‘Enabling Manufacturing Capacity in the COVID-19 Pandemic’ [link] with representatives from the leading association bodies representing biotech firms, developing and industrialized countries vaccine manufacturers, as well as innovative biopharmaceutical, generic and biosimilar companies.
This first workshop with ICMRA members is an opportunity for the biopharmaceutical and vaccines industry to discuss and harmonize the regulatory strategies, approaches and tools that can enable pharmaceutical product manufacturers to increase manufacturing capacity even more rapidly for the production of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics to meet global demand. It will also focus on the considerable ongoing efforts already underway since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to avoid or mitigate shortages of vaccines and therapeutics for non-COVID-19-related products…


International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations – IAPO [to 10 Jul 2021]
Press and media [Selected]
No new digest content identified.


PhRMA [to 10 Jul 2021]
Latest News [Selected]
Data shows COVID-19 vaccines are creating a pathway to a strong U.S. recovery
July 2, 2021
The successful development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines have given newfound hope in the U.S. that the pandemic may be waning.
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