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 18 Sep 2021]
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BARDA – U.S. Department of HHS [to 18 Sep 2021]
No new digest content identified.

BMGF – Gates Foundation [to 18 Sep 2021]
Press Releases and Statements
Gates Foundation’s Annual Goalkeepers Report Finds Stark Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts
New data reveals world stepped up to prevent worst-case scenarios from happening; spotlights need for long-term investments to ensure an equitable recovery and continued progress toward the Global Goals
SEATTLE (September 13, 2021) — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today launched its fifth annual Goalkeepers Report, featuring an updated global dataset illustrating the pandemic’s adverse impact on progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals).
This year’s report, co-authored by Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates, co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shows that disparities caused by COVID-19 remain stark, and those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic will be the slowest to recover. Because of COVID-19, an additional 31 million people were pushed into extreme poverty in 2020 compared to 2019. And while 90% of advanced economies will regain pre-pandemic per capita income levels by next year, only a third of low- and middle-income economies are expected to do so…

Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute [to 18 Sep 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 18 Sep 2021]
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Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy – GE2P2 Global Foundation [to 18 Sep 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 – September 2021 is now posted here

CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations [to 18 Sep 2021]
Latest News
Two expert health leaders join CEPI Board
September 16, 2021, Oslo, Norway– World-leading health experts Dr. Nísia Trindade Lima and Dr. Juan Pablo Uribe have been appointed to the Board of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), an international organisation working to rapidly advance vaccines against COVID-19 and other emerging infectious diseases, and enable access to these vaccines for people during outbreaks…

DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [to 18 Sep 2021
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Duke Global Health Innovation Center [to 18 Sep 2021]
Our Blog
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EDCTP [to 18 Sep 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
14 September 2021
African Union and EDCTP sign Memorandum of Understanding to promote new paradigm in health
The African Union (AU) through the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at establishing a framework to serve as a firm basis for cooperation in their shared goals to promote a new paradigm in health.
Through the MoU, the Africa CDC and EDCTP express their commitment towards joining efforts and maintaining a close and continuous relationship for the achievement of their common objectives. The scope of the MoU is defined through the following themes: Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, epidemic intelligence and capacity building for preparedness and outbreak response. The MoU also covers implementation and public health research, the one health approach, and data management. AU and EDCTP will cooperate to implement a programme of work for the execution of activities within these themes…

Emory Vaccine Center [to 18 Sep 2021]
Vaccine Center News
No new digest content identified.

European Vaccine Initiative [to 18 Sep 2021]
Latest News
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Fondation Merieux [to 18 Sep 2021]
News, Events
No new digest content identified.

Gavi [to 18 Sep 2021]
13 September 2021
Iraq receives first doses donated by Italy through COVAX

GHIT Fund [to 18 Sep 2021]
GHIT was set up in 212 with the aim of developing new tools to tackle infectious diseases that
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Global Fund [to 18 Sep 2021]
News & Stories
No new digest content identified.

Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness [GloPID-R] [to 18 Sep 2021]
No new digest content identified.

Hilleman Laboratories [to 18 Sep 2021]
Website reports “under maintenance” at inquiry

Human Vaccines Project [to 18 Sep 2021]
Sep 16, 2021
Flor Munoz: What is Driving a Surge in COVID Cases Among Children?

IAVI [to 18 Sep 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 18 Sep 2021]
Selected News Releases, Statements, Reports
President Peter Maurer addresses the High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan
Secretary-General Guterres, Excellencies,I have just returned from Afghanistan, where I met with the Taliban leadership and visited ICRC’s humanitarian operations, which have continued largely uninterrupted. Across the country, the magnitude of need i
13-09-2021 | Statement


Press Releases/Announcements
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IFRC [to 18 Sep 2021]
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
More than 139 million people hit by climate crisis and COVID-19, new IFRC analysis reveals


WHO/Europe and IFRC sign Memorandum of Understanding to help countries achieve health for all

Institut Pasteur [to 18 Sep 2021]
Press Documents
No new digest content identified.

IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 18 Sep 2021]
News – Selected
No new digest content identified.

ISC / International Science Council [to 18 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.
How can we communicate science in a more inclusive and accessible manner?
As part of the continuous workshop series by and for the ISC Science Communications Network, we gathered for an interactive session to discuss best practices in accessible and inclusive science communication. Watch the recordings, download the slides, and connect with the speakers…

IVAC [to 18 Sep 2021]
Updates; Events
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IVI [to 18 Sep 2021]
Selected IVI News, Announcements, Events
IVI’s 20th International Vaccinology Course brings virtual training to vaccine professionals and students across 155 countries

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security [to 18 Sep 2021]
Center News
New Local Research Reports Released on Carrying Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination Forward
September 15, 2021
The CommuniVax Coalition, which is led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, released 4 new local reports that share findings from local rapid research within Black and Hispanic/Latino communities in Alabama, California, Idaho, and Maryland.
The new reports, produced by the local CommuniVax teams, highlight the urgent need to humanize delivery and communication strategies for COVID-19 vaccines, develop better and heterogenous messaging, and anchor COVID-19 vaccination efforts in hard-hit communities in a holistic “whole person” recovery process…

MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 18 Sep 2021]
Latest [Selected Announcements]
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
European Union: more empty promises about global COVID-19 vaccine equity
Project Update 15 Sep 2021

Combating malaria through water treatment for communities in Niger
Project Update 14 Sep 2021
… “The EU likes to portray itself as a champion of vaccine equity,” says Dr Christos Christou, president of Médecins Sans Frontières. “But the gap between those beautiful words and its actions is embarrassingly wide…

National Academy of Medicine – USA [to 18 Sep 2021]
Selected News/Programs
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Receives Lienhard Award; Spero M. Manson Receives Sarnat Prize
September 15, 2021
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Receives Lienhard Award From National Academy of Medicine for Leadership to Improve the Health of All Americans   The National Academy of Medicine today announced Risa Lavizzo-Mourey is the recipient of the 2021 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care for her unwavering efforts to improve the health of all Americans by […]

New Discussion Paper Urges Health Care Quality and Safety Initiatives to Center Health Equity
September 15, 2021
A new individually authored discussion paper in NAM Perspectives — the digital periodical of the National Academy of Medicine — published September 15, 2021 identifies health equity as the area of most urgent and cross-cutting concern for health care quality organizations and outlines a proposed agenda for centering equity in efforts moving forward. On the […]

National Academy of Medicine Announces 10 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine
September 14, 2021
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today announced the 2021 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Scholars. These individuals are early- to mid-career professionals from a wide range of health-related fields, from emergency medicine and health economics to biomedical engineering and research and public health policy. The scholars are an essential part of a major […]

National Academy of Sciences – USA [to 18 Sep 2021]
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National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS [to 18 Sep 2021]
Upcoming Meetings/Latest Updates
No new digest content identified.

NIH [to 18 Sep 2021]
News Releases
NIH builds large nationwide study population of tens of thousands to support research on long-term effects of COVID-19
September 15, 2021 — NIH launched the RECOVER Initiative to learn why some people have prolonged symptoms or develop new or returning symptoms after the acute phase of infection from SARS-CoV-2.

PATH [to 18 Sep 2021]
Press Releases
Levis Nderitu joins PATH as first Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director
September 12, 2021 by PATH
PATH is happy to announce that Levis Nderitu is joining PATH as Director, Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Levis will refine the DEI Strategy PATH launched earlier this year and create a DEI center of expertise to advise, support, and bring together global workstreams.
Levis has over 10 years of international development and private sector experience in DEI, culture, and employee engagement across East Africa, Europe, and the United States. Most recently his work at Médecins Sans Frontières in Kenya has included developing a DEI vision and roadmap, serving as an advisor to leadership, facilitating difficult conversations, and training on cross-cultural competence, unconscious bias, and anti-racism…

Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 18 Sep 2021]
Statements and Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

UNAIDS [to 18 Sep 2021]
Selected Press Releases/Reports/Statements
17 September 2021
Forty years of campaigning for equal access to life-saving medicines

15 September 2021
Community-led projects reach vulnerable populations in Latin America and the Caribbean

14 September 2021
More than 140 former heads of state and Nobel laureates call on candidates for German chancellor to waive intellectual property rules for COVID vaccines

14 September 2021
Community-based organizations call for scaled up Internet-based HIV prevention services in China

13 September 2021
Decline in new HIV infections has stalled

UNHCR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [to 18 Sep 2021]
Selected News Releases, Announcements
UNHCR warns of dire consequences for refugees from COVID-19 underfunding
17 September 2021   |
[See Milestones above for detail]

UNICEF [to 18 Sep 2021]
Press Releases, News Notes, Statements [Selected]
Press release
Schoolchildren worldwide have lost 1.8 trillion hours and counting of in-person learning due to COVID-19 lockdowns, says UNICEF
Urging governments to reopen schools as soon as possible, UNICEF unveils No Time to Lose – a clock counting hours of lost learning – as the UN General Assembly gets underway in NY

Press release
Indonesia: After 18 months of school closures, children must safely resume face-to-face learning as soon as possible – UNICEF/WHO
Students and teachers will need a full range of support to help catch up on lost learning

Press release
One month after Haiti earthquake: 260,000 children still need humanitarian assistance – UNICEF

Unitaid [to 18 Sep 2021]
Featured News
15 September 2021
A new initiative will deliver enhanced malaria prevention to children under two across Africa through a WHO-recommended but under-implemented intervention

15 September 2021
Community health workers bring malaria prevention to pregnant women across Africa, and build new entry points to vital services

13 September 2021
Unitaid, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and Laurus Labs announce agreement to accelerate development of best-in-class second- and third-line HIV medication for children

Vaccine Equity Cooperative [nee Initiative] [to 18 Sep 2021]
Sep 14, 2021
Media: Community-led efforts are the key to ending this pandemic
This article by Advisory Group member Dr. Alexandre White outlines how community-led responses to vaccination and health care delivery are the solution to the ongoing issues of COVID-19 vaccine access and hesitancy – and

Vaccination Acceptance & Demand Initiative [Sabin) [to 18 Sep 2021]
No new digest content identified.

Vaccine Confidence Project [to 18 Sep 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 18 Sep 2021]
No new digest content identified.

Wellcome Trust [to 18 Sep 2021]
News and reports
Author Josie Golding
How the response to Ebola outbreaks shows why we need to prioritise preparedness
16 September 2021

How science is combatting infectious disease
15 September 2021

The cost of not preparing for infectious diseases
12 September 2021

The Wistar Institute [to 18 Sep 2021]
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations [to 18 Sep 2021]
Latest News
In Solidarity with Afghanistan
Sep 14, 2021
Afghanistan is suffering a double burden of disease because communicable diseases are widely prevalent throughout the country and non-communicable diseases are also on the rise. Considering the recent changes in…

World Bank [to 18 Sep 2021]
Selected News, Announcements
Infographic: A Policy Package to Promote Literacy for All Children
Date: September 17, 2021 Type: Infographic

World Bank Group to Discontinue Doing Business Report 
WASHINGTON, September 16, 2021—The World Bank Group today issued the following statement on the Doing Business report:
“Trust in the research of the World Bank Group is vital. World Bank Group research informs the actions of policymakers, helps countries make better-informed decisions, and allows stakeholders to measure economic and social improvements more accurately. Such research has also been a valuable tool for the private sector, civil society, academia, journalists, and others, broadening understanding of global issues.
“After data irregularities on Doing Business 2018 and 2020 were reported internally in June 2020, World Bank management paused the next Doing Business report and initiated a series of reviews and audits of the report and its methodology. In addition, because the internal reports raised ethical matters, including the conduct of former Board officials as well as current and/or former Bank staff, management reported the allegations to the Bank’s appropriate internal accountability mechanisms.
“ After reviewing all the information available to date on Doing Business, including the findings of past reviews, audits, and the report the Bank released today on behalf of the Board of Executive Directors, World Bank Group management has taken the decision to discontinue the Doing Business report. The World Bank Group remains firmly committed to advancing the role of the private sector in development and providing support to governments to design the regulatory environment that supports this. Going forward, we will be working on a new approach to assessing the business and investment climate. We are deeply grateful to the efforts of the many staff members who have worked diligently to advance the business climate agenda, and we look forward to harnessing their energies and abilities in new ways.”

Statement on Release of Investigation into Data Irregularities in Doing Business 2018 and 2020
WASHINGTON, September 16, 2021— WASHINGTON, September 16, 2021—The World Bank Group today released the following statement on behalf of the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors:
“The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today authorized the release of “Investigation of Data Irregularities in Doing Business 2018 and Doing Business 2020 – Investigation Findings and Report to the Board of Executive Directors,” an independent external review of the facts and circumstances around previously reported data irregularities in the 2018 and 2020 Doing Business reports.”
Date: September 16, 2021 Type: Statement
[See Milestones above for detail]

International Organizations, Manufacturers Agree to Intensify Cooperation to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccines
Fourth Meeting of the Multilateral Leaders Task Force on Scaling COVID-19 Tools WASHINGTON, 16 September 2021—The heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, World Health Organization and…
Date: September 16, 2021 Type: Statement

Climate Change Could Force 216 Million People to Migrate Within Their Own Countries by 2050
Decisive collective action could reduce climate migration by as much as 80 percent WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2021—The World Bank’s updated Groundswell report released today finds that climate change, an increasingly…
Date: September 13, 2021 Type: Press Release

World Customs Organization – WCO [to 18 Sep 2021]
Latest News – Selected Items
17 September 2021
WCO addresses the Annual Meeting of International Organizations on “Facing Global Crises Together”
On 13 and 14 September 2021, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) hosted online the 8th Annual Meeting of the Partnership for International Organisations.  The event brought together 23 Leaders of International Organizations (IOs), including the WCO, represented by its Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, as well as government, academia and civil society representatives to discuss the theme of “Facing Global Crises for Better International Rulemaking” in view of helping governments strengthen, share and improve the international rules that frame our economies, societies and environment…

16 September 2021
The WCO kicks off regional consultations on the next Strategic Plan

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) [to 18 Sep 2021]
Press Releases, Statements
No new digest content identified.

WTO – World Trade Organisation [to 18 Sep 2021]
WTO News and Events
The fourth South-South Dialogue on LDCs and Development: Reinforcing the multilateral trading system for development
17 September 2021
Keynote address by DG Okonjo-Iweala


DG Okonjo-Iweala calls on WTO members to deliver tangible outcomes for LDCs at MC12
17 September 2021
Delivering results at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) to enable least-developed countries (LDCs) to become more resilient and more integrated into the global economy is critical for meeting sustainable development goals, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told Geneva-based ambassadors from LDCs on 16-17 September in Montreux, Switzerland. DG Okonjo-Iweala was speaking at the South-South Dialogue on LDCs and Development sponsored by China.


International organizations, vaccine manufacturers agree to intensify cooperation to deliver COVID-19 vaccines
16 September 2021
The heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization met with the CEOs of leading vaccine manufacturing companies to discuss strategies to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines, especially in low— and lower middle-income countries and in Africa. The Task Force expressed concerns that without urgent steps the world is unlikely to achieve the end-2021 target of vaccinating at least 40% of the population in all countries — a critical milestone to end the pandemic and for global economic recovery
[See Milestones above for detail]


ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine] [to 18 Sep 2021]
Press Releases – Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (
Selected Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

BIO [to 18 Sep 2021]
Press Releases, Letters, Testimony, Comments [Selected]
No new digest content identified.

DCVMN – Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network [to 18 Sep 2021]
News; Upcoming events
No new digest content identified.

ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations [to 18 Sep 2021]
No new digest content identified.

IFPMA [to 18 Sep 2021]
Selected Press Releases, Statements, Publications
Meet Africa’s New Generation of Health Innovators
16 September 2021

IFPMA and Speak Up Africa announce winners of Africa Young Innovators for Health Award
13 September 2021

Report of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development at the WHO EURO 71st
13 September 2021
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) are pleased to contribute this statement to the 71st WHO Regional Committee meeting for Europe. EFPIA and IFPMA represent Europe’s and the world’s leading research-based biopharmaceutical companies, as well as national and regional industry associations, respectively.

COVID-19 has had profound health, social, and economic impacts across Europe and around the world. Coordinated, inclusive, and multi-stakeholder action is the only possible solution to mitigate the devastating consequences of this unprecedented global health emergency.

Innovative health industries remain at the forefront of the global effort to develop and manufacture tests, therapeutics, and vaccines to contain and defeat COVID-19. The existing IP framework has enabled the pharmaceutical industry to respond swiftly to the global crisis and develop several new vaccines with remarkable speed, by engaging in new collaborations to leverage both new approaches and existing molecules.

After more than 200 clinical trials and nearly 300 partnerships and collaborations among manufacturers worldwide, COVID-19 vaccine production has increased exponentially from zero to 5.8 billion doses by the end of August, 20% of which produced in Europe. In Europe 543,129,344 doses have been administered to citizens, equating to around 70% of the population. Globally, the industry is on target to deliver an astounding estimate of 12 billion doses by the end of 2021 – enough doses to vaccinate the world’s adult population. That said, COVID-19 vaccines are not equally reaching all priority populations worldwide. Access to COVID-19 related health products is a collective responsibility that calls for global solidarity and coordinated and collaborative action by public and private actors alike.
The innovative vaccine manufacturers and biotech companies have supported fair and equitable access to vaccines from the outset of the pandemic, as full and active partners in the ACT-Accelerator.

In this spirit, these companies represented by seven industry bodies, announced in May 2021 the “Five steps to urgently advance COVID-19 vaccine equity.” They commit to working with governments and non-governmental organizations including COVAX, CEPI, and WTO to support stepping up dose sharing, continue efforts to optimize production, call out trade barriers to be eliminated, support country readiness, and continue driving innovation.

Looking to the future, it is important that the world uses the lessons we have learned during the COVID-19 crisis to make sure we are all better prepared and have the capacity to respond to emergent health threats. With the creation of a European Health Emergency and Preparedness Response Authority (HERA), Europe is stepping in the right direction.

We call upon governments to do their part and ensure adequate resources are dedicated to building strong, resilient, and sustainable healthcare systems, supported by WHO EURO and other multilateral organizations, and that health is valued as an investment to ensure growth and prosperity. This would include strengthening prevention, early detection and interception of disease, implementing integrated and patient-centered care models, utilizing digital health and health data to its full potential, and increasing access to innovation that improves people’s health and enhances the efficiency of health systems. We also urge governments to guarantee immediate and unhindered access to pathogens and associated information regarding any COVID-19 variants to support the development of new vaccines and treatments.

Industry is committed to delivering preparedness solutions and to contributing our expertise to relevant discussions with national, regional, and global public health, diseases control and regulatory agencies, and to contribute to resilient and sustainable health systems in partnership with all stakeholders. We look forward to playing a meaningful role in shaping the future so that we are stronger together for the next health emergency.


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

International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations – IAPO [to 18 Sep 2021]
Press and media [Selected]
No new digest content identified.

PhRMA [to 18 Sep 2021]
Latest News [Selected]
America’s biopharmaceutical companies to Congress: Government “negotiation” is the wrong approach
September 15, 2021
We agree with leaders in Washington that Americans need help with their health care costs, but these dangerous policy experiments are not the answer.
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