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 04 Sep 2021]
https://alleninstitute.org/what-we-do/frontiers-group/news-press/
News
No new digest content identified.

BARDA – U.S. Department of HHS [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.phe.gov/about/barda/Pages/default.aspx
News
No new digest content identified.

BMGF – Gates Foundation [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.gatesfoundation.org/ideas/media-center
Press Releases and Statements
No new digest content identified.

Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute [to 04 Sep 2021]
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 04 Sep 2021]
https://carb-x.org/
News
No new digest content identified.

Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy – GE2P2 Global Foundation [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://centerforvaccineethicsandpolicy.net/
News/Analysis/Statements
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CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://cepi.net/
Latest News
No new digest content identified.

DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [to 04 Sep 2021
https://www.darpa.mil/news
News
9/2/2021
DARPA Announces Researchers Selected to INCAS Program
Today, DARPA announced the researchers selected to its Influence Campaign Awareness and Sensemaking (INCAS) program. Research teams led by Smart Information Flow Technologies (SIFT), Protagonist Technology, University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (ISI), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Uncharted Software will work to develop automated techniques and tools that aid U.S. analysts in the detection and sensemaking of geopolitical online influence campaigns. Additionally, teams led by Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories and University of Maryland Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) will support test, evaluation, and transition efforts of the resulting INCAS technologies.

Duke Global Health Innovation Center [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://dukeghic.org/
Our Blog
No new digest content identified.

EDCTP [to 04 Sep 2021]
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 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.vaccines.emory.edu/
Vaccine Center News
No new digest content identified.

European Vaccine Initiative [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.euvaccine.eu/
Latest News
No new digest content identified.

Fondation Merieux [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.fondation-merieux.org/
News, Events
Mérieux Foundation co-organized event
World Rabies Day 2021: Celebrating action to maintain momentum
September 6, 2021 – Virtual Event

Gavi [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.gavi.org/
2 September 2021
Canada donates doses through COVAX – Nigeria, Kenya and Niger to receive first doses

30 August 2021
France donates 10 million doses to Africa through COVAX and AU

GHIT Fund [to 04 Sep 2021]
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 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/news/
News & Stories
New Global Fund Tools to Oversee Grant Investments
02 September 2021

Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness [GloPID-R] [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.glopid-r.org/news/
No new digest content identified.

Hilleman Laboratories [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.hillemanlabs.org/
Website reports “under maintenance” at inquiry

Human Vaccines Project [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.humanvaccinesproject.org/
News
HVP COVID Report
Sep 02, 2021
Laurie Garrett: Is There a COVID-19 Endgame?
[Excerpt]
Given all of this, what is the endgame for COVID-19?
That is the fundamental question. And it is the one I’ve been asking over and over. Instead of endgame, what even is our strategy? We’re playing football without a coach and without anyone even agreeing on which goal post we’re supposed to run to. We don’t have agreement on national elimination as a strategy versus global eradication, which is the other extreme. We also have no clear effort underway to genuinely ascertain zoonotic spread of this virus. With COVID, we know that the ACE2 receptor in one form or another is in every single mammal. What this tells us is that eradication is going to be incredibly difficult, probably impossible in terms of the firm meaning of the term. It is going to be a permanent part of our environment now and it will be reentering the human species in spillover events from animal populations for the rest of the 21st century.

We need to ask ourselves: what is a reasonable strategic goal? And then design everything accordingly. What we’re facing is a failure to have started with a strategic global plan to begin with. This is the same mess we’re in with climate change, and really all the great supra-national challenges of our time.

You don’t get to an endgame without a strategy. But asking about endgame matters because all military leaders will tell you that you don’t have a strategy until you have a strategic goal. If you don’t have a goal, then all you have is a list of tactics about which you will endlessly debate and that’s exactly where we are now. I don’t see how we easily get past this.

IAVI [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.iavi.org/newsroom
Latest News
September 1, 2021
IAVI statement on results from Phase IIb Imbokodo HIV vaccine clinical trial
Janssen-sponsored trial in sub-Saharan Africa discontinued due to lack of efficacy.
Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson today announced the discontinuation of a Phase IIb HIV vaccine clinical trial known as Imbokodo (HVTN 705/HPX2008), sponsored by Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V., part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Data showed the investigational HIV vaccine regimen did not prevent HIV infection in a population of young women in sub-Saharan Africa at high risk of acquiring HIV. Importantly, the investigational vaccine was found to be safe with no serious adverse events among trial participants.
“Though these results are disappointing, IAVI commends Janssen and the study investigators for their commitment to HIV vaccine science and to conducting the Imbokodo trial safely, ethically, and in global collaboration with public and private institutions as well as communities,” said Mark Feinberg, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of IAVI. “A safe, effective, broadly accessible HIV vaccine remains an urgent global health priority. Going forward, IAVI and our collaborators believe that the most promising new HIV vaccine approaches are those intended to induce broadly neutralizing antibodies.”…

 

International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities [ICMRA]
http://www.icmra.info/drupal/en/news
Selected Statements, Press Releases, Research
No new digest content identified.

ICRC [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.icrc.org/en/whats-new
Selected News Releases, Statements, Reports
No new digest content identified.

 

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

IFRC [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/news/press-releases/
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
No new digest content identified.

Institut Pasteur [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.pasteur.fr/en/press-area
Press Documents
No new digest content identified.

IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.iom.int/press-room/press-releases
News
No new digest content identified.

ISC / International Science Council [to 04 Sep 2021]
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 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/ivac/index.html
Updates; Events
No new digest content identified.

IVI [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.ivi.int/
Selected IVI News, Announcements, Events
IVI 20th International Vaccinology Course kicks off September 6, 2021: Registration open

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/news/center-news/
Center News
No new digest content identified.

MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.msf.org/
Latest [Selected Announcements]
Access to medicines
Lifesaving TB medicines still out of reach for children in high-burden countries
Press Release 3 Sep 2021

Venezuela
Tracking mosquitoes to prevent malaria in Venezuela
Project Update 1 Sep 2021

Lebanon
Healthcare system in Lebanon disintegrates as political vacuum persists
Project Update 1 Sep 2021

Haiti
The long road to recovery for earthquake survivors in Haiti
Project Update 30 Aug 2021

National Academy of Medicine – USA [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://nam.edu/programs/
Selected News/Programs
No new digest content identified.

National Academy of Sciences – USA [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/
News
No new digest content identified.

National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.hhs.gov/vaccines/about/index.html
Upcoming Meetings/Latest Updates
Upcoming Meetings
September 14-15, 2021 NVAC Meeting

NIH [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases
News Releases
HIV Vaccine Candidate Does Not Sufficiently Protect Women Against HIV Infection
August 31, 2021 — No Safety Concerns Found in Imbokodo Sub-Saharan Africa Study.
An investigational HIV vaccine tested in the “Imbokodo” clinical trial conducted in sub-Saharan Africa posed no safety concerns but did not provide sufficient protection against HIV infection, according to a primary analysis of the study data. The Phase 2b proof-of-concept study, which began in November 2017, enrolled 2,637 women ages 18 to 35 years from five countries…

PATH [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.path.org/media-center/
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.sabin.org/updates/pressreleases
Statements and Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

UNAIDS [to 04 Sep 2021]
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 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/media-centre.htmlS
Selected News Releases, Announcements
Unprecedented displacement in Central America and Mexico calls for urgent regional responsibility sharing
2 Sep 2021
SAN SALVADOR – Central America and Mexico are facing unprecedented pressure as the number of people seeking international protection rises at a time when access to asylum and territory is being limited through troubling border restrictions, said Gillian Triggs, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, on wrapping up a two-week mission to the region.
“In Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, I have seen the tremendous strain the region is under because of the increasing flows of refugees and migrants. Extraordinary efforts are being made by governments and civil society to address these challenges,” Triggs said.
In conversations with internally displaced people, asylum seekers and refugees, Triggs heard stories of sexual violence, death threats and extortion in communities controlled by criminal gangs that – often coupled with economic hardship and the effects of climate change – have forced nearly a million people from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to flee their homes….

 

‘After the airlift’. News Comment attributable to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi
The evacuation from Kabul is coming to an end. A larger crisis is just beginning.
30 Aug 2021

 

The 1961 Statelessness Convention: 60 years of promoting and protecting the right to a nationality
30 Aug 2021

UNICEF [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.unicef.org/media/press-releases
Press Releases, News Notes, Statements [Selected]
Press release 09/02/2021
Haiti earthquake: over half a million children at risk of waterborne diseases – UNICEF

Press release 08/30/2021
All schools in Europe & Central Asia should remain open and made safer from COVID-19, say WHO and UNICEF
As millions of school children return to school across the European Region where the highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant is dominant, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and UNICEF ECARO call for schools to stay open

Unitaid [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://unitaid.org/
Featured News
No new digest content identified.

Vaccine Equity Initiative [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://vaccineequitycooperative.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.

Vaccination Acceptance & Demand Initiative [Sabin) [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.vaccineacceptance.org/
Announcements
No new digest content identified.

Vaccine Confidence Project [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.vaccineconfidence.org/
News, Research and Reports
INFODEMIC A Stanford Conference on Social Media and COVID Misinformation
Sep 4, 2021
Prof. Heidi Larson introduces Stanford University’s conference Social Media and COVID Misinformation. The conference engaged experts in the fields of biomedical ethics, public health, and cyber policy with representatives from social media companies, popular blog sites, and the public to examine the intersection of social media, ethics, and COVID misinformation.
Video: https://youtu.be/ursrN7UXbPo

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 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center
News
No new digest content identified.

Wellcome Trust [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://wellcome.ac.uk/news
News and reports
Opinion
Authors: Alison Doig, Modi Mwatsama
Countdown to COP26: four actions global leaders can take to tackle the climate crisis and improve health
1 September 2021

The Wistar Institute [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.wistar.org/news/press-releases
Press Releases
The Wistar Institute Recruits Vaccine Researcher Amelia Escolano, Ph.D., and Immunologist Nan Zhang, Ph.D., as Assistant Professors
PHILADELPHIA — (Sept. 1, 2021) — The Wistar Institute, an international biomedical research leader in cancer, immunology and infectious diseases, welcomes Amelia Escolano, Ph.D., and Nan Zhang, Ph.D., as assistant professors.

Press Release
The Wistar Institute Appoints Italo Tempera, Ph.D., as Associate Director for Cancer Research Career Enhancement of Its Cancer Center
PHILADELPHIA — (Aug. 31, 2021) — The Wistar Institute announces the appointment of Italo Tempera, Ph.D., as Associate Director for Cancer Research Career Enhancement at the Institute’s Cancer Center. In this role, Tempera, who is also an associate professor in the Gene Expression & Regulation Program, will lead the educational mission of the Institute and its Cancer Center to train scientists and create workforce development programs in the life sciences.

WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.wfpha.org/
Latest News
No new digest content identified.

World Bank [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/all
Selected News, Announcements
No new digest content identified.

World Customs Organization – WCO [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.wcoomd.org/
Latest News – Selected Items
2nd edition of the Secretariat Note on the role of Customs in facilitating and securing the cross-border movement of situationally critical medicines and vaccines
May 2021
The objective of this document is to provide guidance with regard to the implementation by Members of the twelve measures outlined in the WCO Resolution on the Role of Customs in facilitating the cross-border movement of situationally critical medicines and vaccines, as well as provide information on WCO instruments and tools that can support the implementation of the Resolution, and on Members’ good practices.

Joint Indicative List of Critical COVID-19 Vaccine Inputs
7 Jul 2021
The joint indicative list seeks to compile information on the critical inputs for the manufacturing, distributing and administering of COVID-19 vaccines that has been produced by several organizations. It was first compiled by the WTO Secretariat as a working document to facilitate discussions at the WTO COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain and Regulatory Transparency Symposium that took place on 29 June 2021. The list is purely indicative and subject to further clarification, modification, and improvement based on inputs by pharma and customs experts. It is based on the HS 2017 version and is without prejudice to the actual tariff classification assigned by WTO Members’ customs administrations at the time of importation. The list has no legal status and is without prejudice to the rights and obligations of WTO Members.

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.oie.int/en/for-the-media/press-releases/2021/
Press Releases, Statements
No new digest content identified.

WTO – World Trade Organisation [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news_e.htm
WTO News and Events
How can cooperation on trade contribute to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) process on plastic pollution?
2 September 2021
Event organized by UNCTAD, UNEP, the Forum on Trade, Environment and the SDGs, and the Government of Ecuador
Remarks by DDG Paugam
News item

 

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ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine] [to 04 Sep 2021]
Press Releases – Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (alliancerm.org)
Selected Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

BIO [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.bio.org/press-releases
Press Releases, Letters, Testimony, Comments [Selected]
No new digest content identified.

DCVMN – Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.dcvmn.org/
News; Upcoming events
No new digest content identified.

ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://internationalbiotech.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.

IFPMA [to 04 Sep 2021]
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
No new digest content identified.

International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations – IAPO [to 04 Sep 2021]
https://www.iapo.org.uk/news/topic/6
Press and media [Selected]
No new digest content identified.

PhRMA [to 04 Sep 2021]
http://www.phrma.org/
Latest News [Selected]
The impact of monoclonal antibodies and COVID-19 recovery
September 2, 2021
Monoclonal antibodies are a type of biologic medicine that play a central role in advancing our ability to treat a range of diseases.
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