Organization Announcements

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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 21 Aug 21]
https://alleninstitute.org/what-we-do/frontiers-group/news-press/
News
No new digest content identified.

BARDA – U.S. Department of HHS [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.phe.gov/about/barda/Pages/default.aspx
News
No new digest content identified.

BMGF – Gates Foundation [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.gatesfoundation.org/ideas/media-center
Press Releases and Statements
No new digest content identified.

Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute [to 21 Aug 21]
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
No new digest content identified.

CARB-X [to 21 Aug 21]
https://carb-x.org/
News
No new digest content identified.

Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy – GE2P2 Global Foundation [to 21 Aug 21]
https://centerforvaccineethicsandpolicy.net/
News/Analysis/Statements
:: 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 – August 2021 is now posted here

CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations [to 21 Aug 21]
http://cepi.net/
Latest News
CEPI enters into funding agreement with Gritstone bio to develop COVID-19 variant vaccine
:: CEPI to provide up to US$20.6 million in funding
:: Funding will support development of a self-amplifying mRNA vaccine candidate against COVID-19 variants
:: Programme forms part of CEPI’s efforts to develop “next-generation” COVID-19 vaccines
August 17, 2021; Oslo, Norway—CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, today announced that it entered into a funding agreement with Gritstone bio, Inc. to advance development of a self-amplifying mRNA vaccine candidate against COVID-19 variants. CEPI will provide up to US$20.6 million to support a phase 1 clinical trial, including manufacturing of clinical trial materials as well as supporting preclinical studies and optimisation of manufacturing processes.
This funding forms part of CEPI’s programme to develop “next-generation” COVID-19 vaccines that are differentiated from those already in advanced development and can be used against COVID-19 variants. CEPI’s portfolio of “next-generation” vaccines currently includes SK bioscience’s nanoparticle vaccine candidate (GBP510), the University of Hong Kong’s intranasal vaccine candidate, VBI Vaccines’ virus-like particle candidate, and ZerunBio’s recombinant vaccine candidate…

CIOMS – COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS OF MEDICAL SCIENCES [to 21 Aug 21]
https://cioms.ch/
News; Publications
No new digest content identified.

DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [to 21 Aug 21
https://www.darpa.mil/news
News
No new digest content identified.

Duke Global Health Innovation Center [to 21 Aug 21]
https://dukeghic.org/
Our Blog
No new digest content identified.

EDCTP [to 21 Aug 21]
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
No new digest content identified.

Emory Vaccine Center [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.vaccines.emory.edu/
Vaccine Center News
No new digest content identified.

European Vaccine Initiative [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.euvaccine.eu/
Latest News
Malaria vaccine candidate PfAMA1 DiCo demonstrates broadening of immune responses
Aug 19, 2021
Original Article: Remarque, E.J., Faber, B.W., Rodriguez Garcia, R. et al. Accelerated phase Ia/b evaluation of the malaria vaccine candidate PfAMA1 DiCo demonstrates broadening of humoral immune responses. npj Vaccines 6, 55 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41541-021-00319-2

Fondation Merieux [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.fondation-merieux.org/
News, Events
Event
Mérieux Foundation doctorates to present their work during international congresses
August 17, 2021 – Global
Four doctorates’ researchers of the Mérieux Foundation have been selected to present their research work on tuberculosis and antimicrobial resistance during international scientific conferences.

Gavi [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.gavi.org/
News Releases
No new digest content identified.

GHIT Fund [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.ghitfund.org/newsroom/press
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 21 Aug 21]
https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/news/
News & Stories
News
Global Fund and Tanzania Deepen Partnership to Fight COVID-19 and Accelerate End of HIV, TB and Malaria
17 August 2021
The Global Fund and the Government of Tanzania are deepening their partnership with new investments to fight the COVID-19 crisis and accelerate the end of the epidemics of HIV, TB and malaria while building resilient and sustainable systems for health.

Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness [GloPID-R] [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.glopid-r.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.

Hilleman Laboratories [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.hillemanlabs.org/
Website reports “under maintenance” at inquiry

Human Vaccines Project [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.humanvaccinesproject.org/
News
No new digest content identified.

IAVI [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.iavi.org/newsroom
Latest News
No new digest content identified.

 

International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities [ICMRA]
http://www.icmra.info/drupal/en/news
Selected Statements, Press Releases, Research
ICMRA Informal Innovation Network – Horizon Scanning Assessment Report – Artificial Intelligence
August 16, 2021
The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) published a report that sets out recommendations to help regulators to address the challenges that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) poses for global medicines regulation.
The report is based on a horizon-scanning exercise, conducted by the ICMRA Informal Network for Innovation working group* and led by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The goal of this network is to identify challenging topics for medicine regulators, to explore the suitability of existing regulatory frameworks and to develop recommendations to adapt regulatory systems in order to facilitate safe and timely access to innovative medicines.
The implementation of the recommendations will be discussed by ICMRA members in the coming months.

ICRC [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.icrc.org/en/whats-new
Selected News Releases, Statements, Reports
Joint statement on the protection of healthcare
During the recent unrest in parts of South Africa, dozens of medical facilities were destroyed, pharmacies looted, and countless vaccines and other critical medicines were stolen.
19-08-2021 | Statement

Ethiopia: ICRC broadens response to the humanitarian crises
In the first half of 2021, the ICRC’s humanitarian activities mainly focused on responding to the humanitarian crisis caused by the fighting in northern Ethiopia and inter-communal clashes in other parts of the country.
17-08-2021 | Article

 

IFFIm
http://www.iffim.org/
Press Releases/Announcements
No new digest content identified.

IFRC [to 21 Aug 21]
http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/news/press-releases/
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
Africa, Global
Profits trumping humanity when it comes to vaccine equity
In response to the news that vaccines manufactured in South Africa are being exported to Europe, Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said: “We have long been calling for companies to consider manufacturing doses in regions that remain inequitably served of COVID-19 vaccines. That they should then be exported to regions that have vaccinated a majority of their population is incomprehensible. The African continent is still the most underserved in terms of receiving doses — barely 2% of people across the region have been vaccinated. Yet, it is clear that profits are still trumping humanity. If compassion will not open the door to the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine doses, then let it be science, for none of us is safe until we all are. If parts of the world remain unvaccinated, this pandemic will not end.”
19 August 2021

Asia Pacific, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
COVID-19: Southeast Asia battles world’s highest deaths
Kuala Lumpur/Geneva, 18 August 2021: Southeast Asia is battling the world’s highest COVID-19 death toll driven by the Delta variant and unequal global distribution of vaccines.  Hospitals remain overwhelmed by record surges across Southeast Asia, from …
18 August 2021

Institut Pasteur [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.pasteur.fr/en/press-area
Press Documents
No new digest content identified.

IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.iom.int/press-room/press-releases
News
Safety of Afghans and Humanitarian Access Must be Top Priorities
2021-08-17 14:58
Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been following with great concern the developments in Afghanistan and the grave consequences for displaced people and civilians needing humanitarian assistance, in a country already severely affected by years of…

IOM Supports Response to Earthquake in Haiti
2021-08-16 20:03
Port-au-Prince – As Haiti struggles to cope in the aftermath of a deadly weekend earthquake, the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) relief efforts to support national authorities are now also focusing on finding safe buildings where thousands of displaced residents…

ISC / International Science Council [to 21 Aug 21]
ISC is a non-governmental organization with a unique global membership that brings together 40 international scientific Unions and Associations and over 140 national and regional scientific organizations including Academies and Research Councils.
https://council.science/current/
News
No new digest content identified.

IVAC [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/ivac/index.html
Updates; Events
No new digest content identified.

IVI [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.ivi.int/
Selected IVI News, Announcements, Events
No new digest content identified.

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/news/center-news/
Center News
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Senior Scholar Caitlin Rivers Seconded to the CDC to Help Establish the Center for Epidemic Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics
August 18, 2021

MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.msf.org/
Latest [Selected Announcements]
Central African Republic
Renewed conflict has displaced hundreds of thousands of people in Central African Republic
Project Update 20 Aug 2021

Afghanistan
Medical needs urgent as ever in Afghanistan after Taliban takeover
Project Update 18 Aug 2021

Haiti
Death, destruction and thousands of injured people in wake of Haiti earthquake
Project Update 17 Aug 2021

National Academy of Medicine – USA [to 21 Aug 21]
https://nam.edu/programs/
Selected News/Programs
No new digest content identified.

National Academy of Sciences – USA [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/
News
No new digest content identified.

National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.hhs.gov/vaccines/about/index.html
Upcoming Meetings/Latest Updates
No new digest content identified.

NIH [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases
News Releases
NIH study shows no significant benefit of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 outpatients with early symptoms
August 18, 2021 — Clinical trial results demonstrate COVID-19 convalescent plasma did not prevent disease progression in a high-risk group of outpatients.

NIH hamster study evaluates airborne and fomite transmission of SARS-CoV-2
August 17, 2021 — Findings support efforts to reduce SARS-CoV-2 indoor airborne transmission.

NIH sientists develop faster COVID-19 test
August 16, 2021 — Technique avoids RNA degradation and time-consuming extraction.

PATH [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.path.org/media-center/
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.sabin.org/updates/pressreleases
Statements and Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

UNAIDS [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.unaids.org/en
Selected Press Releases/Reports/Statements
No new digest content identified.

UNHCR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/media-centre.htmlS
Selected News Releases, Announcements
UNHCR report: Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, facing deadlier journeys in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea
19 Aug 2021

UNICEF [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.unicef.org/media/press-releases
Press Releases, News Notes, Statements [Selected]
Press release
08/20/2021
New shipment of UNICEF humanitarian aid arrives in earthquake-struck Haiti
First shipment with medical and water supplies has arrived; more to follow in the coming days

Press release
08/17/2021
Over half a million children affected by Haiti earthquake
Torrential rains are hampering relief efforts

Press release
08/17/2021
Geneva Palais briefing note on the current situation of children in Afghanistan
This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF’s Chief of field operations & emergency, Mustapha Ben Messaoud – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Unitaid [to 21 Aug 21]
https://unitaid.org/
Featured News
18 August 2021
Joint Statement from Unitaid and the World Health Organization (on behalf of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator) regarding availability of tocilizumab
Geneva, 18 August 2021 – WHO and Unitaid are concerned by Roche’s statement yesterday, warning of a global shortage of tocilizumab (brand name Actemra/RoActemra), an IL6 inhibitor WHO recommended in June for use as a treatment for severe COVID-19 cases. Tocilizumab can play a key role in decreasing mortality and reducing need for invasive mechanical ventilation among severely ill patients, when delivered alongside oxygen and corticosteroids.
While we welcome and acknowledge that Roche has announced measures to address the shortage, we call on the company to ensure equitable allocation of current stocks of this medicine for all countries, including low- and middle-income countries.
We also strongly encourage Roche to facilitate technology transfer and knowledge and data sharing to broaden access to this important treatment…

Vaccine Equity Initiative [to 21 Aug 21]
https://vaccineequitycooperative.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.

Vaccination Acceptance & Demand Initiative [Sabin) [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.vaccineacceptance.org/
Announcements
No new digest content identified.

Vaccine Confidence Project [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.vaccineconfidence.org/
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 21 Aug 21]
http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center
News
No new digest content identified.

Wellcome Trust [to 21 Aug 21]
https://wellcome.ac.uk/news
News and reports
Opinion
Author: Michael Dunn
Our new discovery research funding schemes are open for applications
18 August 2021
Michael Dunn explains more about our three new discovery research funding schemes, which are now open for applications.

The Wistar Institute [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.wistar.org/news/press-releases
Press Releases
Aug. 17, 2021
The BEAT-HIV Collaboratory Receives More Than $29 Million in NIH Funding for HIV Cure Research
The collaboratory led by Wistar investigators will continue to test novel combined immunotherapies to advance research towards a cure for HIV.

WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.wfpha.org/
Latest News
EU Commission’s Response to Co-signed Open Letter on Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapies
Aug 18, 2021
“The Commission is committed to the objective of universal equitable access to vaccines and treatments against COVID-19.”

World Bank [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/all
Selected News, Announcements
Food Security and COVID-19
Aug 17, 2021 – An increasing number of countries are facing growing levels of acute food insecurity, reversing years of development gains. Even before COVID-19 reduced incomes and disrupted supply chains…
Date: August 17, 2021 Type: Brief

Nepal to Get 4 Million Doses of Moderna Vaccines through COVAX
KATHMANDU, August 13, 2021 – Nepal is the second country globally to have completed agreements with GAVI to procure 4 million doses of Moderna vaccines, financed by the World Bank, through the COVAX…
Date: August 13, 2021 Type: Press Release

World Customs Organization – WCO [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.wcoomd.org/
Latest News – Selected Items
Website not responding at inquiry

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.oie.int/en/for-the-media/press-releases/2021/
Press Releases, Statements
No new digest content identified.

WTO – World Trade Organisation [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news_e.htm
WTO News and Events
No new digest content identified.

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ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine] [to 21 Aug 21]
Press Releases – Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (alliancerm.org)
Selected Press Releases
Global Cell & Gene Therapy Sector on Pace for Annual Records in Product Approvals and Financings, Says Alliance for Regenerative Medicine
August 18, 2021 Washington, DC
The regenerative medicine and advanced therapies sector completed its best-ever six-month period of financing, raising $14.1B from January through June and reaching 71% of the record amount raised in all of 2020, according to the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine’s (ARM) H1 2021 Report released today.

BIO [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.bio.org/press-releases
Press Releases, Letters, Testimony, Comments [Selected]
No new digest content identified.

DCVMN – Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.dcvmn.org/
News; Upcoming events
No new digest content identified.

ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations [to 21 Aug 21]
https://internationalbiotech.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.

IFPMA [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.ifpma.org/resources/news-releases/
Selected Press Releases, Statements, Publications
No new digest content identified.

 

International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association [IGBA]
https://www.igbamedicines.org/
News
IGBA LAUNCHES A WHITEPAPER: A VISION FOR THE GLOBAL GENERIC AND BIOSIMILAR MEDICINES INDUSTRY
7 July 2021
Today the International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (IGBA) is launching a whitepaper: A Vision for the Global Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Industry, which covers the strong contribution of this pharmaceutical sector to global health outcomes and economies, the opportunities, challenges and disruptions for the industry, its 2030 vision as well as actions needed to achieve this vision… The whitepaper is the result of extensive input from fourteen generic and biosimilar medicines companies and IGBA member associations, and supports the global recovery efforts to rethink, build and secure a future which addresses the inequalities in healthcare, while supporting sustainability…

International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations – IAPO [to 21 Aug 21]
https://www.iapo.org.uk/news/topic/6
Press and media [Selected]
No new digest content identified.

PhRMA [to 21 Aug 21]
http://www.phrma.org/
Latest News [Selected]
No new digest content identified.