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 27 Nov 2021]
https://alleninstitute.org/news-press/
News
No new digest content identified.

BARDA – U.S. Department of HHS [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.phe.gov/about/barda/Pages/default.aspx
News
No new digest content identified.

BMGF – Gates Foundation [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.gatesfoundation.org/ideas/media-center
Press Releases and Statements
No new digest content identified.

Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute [to 27 Nov 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 27 Nov 2021]
https://carb-x.org/
News
No new digest content identified.

Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy – GE2P2 Global Foundation [to 27 Nov 2021]
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.
:: Informed Consent: A Monthly Review – November 2021 is now posted here

CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://cepi.net/
Latest News
CEPI Statement: Emergence of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant, B.1.1.529
Statement from CEPI CEO, Dr Richard Hatchett.
26 Nov 2021
“The emergence of a SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529 underscores the critical need for continued COVID-19 vaccine research and development.
“It’s of course critical that we continue to get people vaccinated globally to reduce the amount of virus in circulation but we must also focus effort and resources on improving the current COVID-19 vaccines to make them more effective against multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2.
“Our strategy must seek to optimize the way we deploy our current vaccines so every dose delivers the maximum benefit; improve upon our existing arsenal of vaccines; and prepare now for the possibility of variants that can evade our vaccines.
“CEPI’s world-leading COVID-19 vaccine programme is seeking to do all three…

CEPI funds Aga Khan University-led consortium to conduct mix-and-match trial of COVID-19 vaccines in Pakistan
New collaboration will assess the safety and immunogenicity of heterologous – or ‘mix-and-match’ – combinations of three COVID-19 vaccines currently being deployed in Pakistan.
COVID-19
23 Nov 2021

World’s largest COVID-19 vaccine testing network to assess vaccines against other epidemic and pandemic threats
Set up and funded by CEPI, the network aims to more rapidly, efficiently, and accurately identify the most promising vaccine candidates with the greatest potential to advance to late-stage clinical trials and regulatory review.
22 Nov 2021

DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [to 27 Nov 2021
https://www.darpa.mil/news
News
11/22/2021
Biomanufacturing: Coming Soon to a Galaxy Near You?
The DoD has a role in orbital and lunar missions as defined by the US Space Force (USSF) Space Capstone Publication . In this document, USSF notes the “inherent value of the space domain and the tremendous influence space has on U.S. prosperity and security.” There is a critical DoD need for the continued development and future expansion of orbital manufacturing to enable and ensure supply chain resiliency, sustained technological superiority, and asset security and repair for current and future operations. To meet this unique challenge, DARPA announced today that it was taking an initial step to explore and de-risk manufacturing capabilities that leverage biological processes in resource limited environments with its Biomanufacturing: Survival, Utility, and Reliability beyond Earth (B-SURE) program.

Duke Global Health Innovation Center [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://dukeghic.org/
Our Blog
No new digest content identified.

EDCTP [to 27 Nov 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
News
No new digest content identified.

Emory Vaccine Center [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.vaccines.emory.edu/
Vaccine Center News
No new digest content identified.

European Vaccine Initiative [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.euvaccine.eu/
Latest News News, Events
EVI
Open call for expert services and trainings by TRANSVAC2

Fondation Merieux [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.fondation-merieux.org/
News, Events
No new digest content identified.

Gavi [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.gavi.org/
News Releases
24 November 2021
Gavi and Switzerland collaborate to prioritise supply to COVAX
Switzerland becomes first country to respond to call to trade places with COVAX in manufacturers’ supply queues
Collaboration will enable COVAX participants to access 1 million doses of the Moderna vaccine earlier, in Q4 2021
Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi: “This collaboration shows that there is a quick and pragmatic way governments can ensure COVAX participants in lower-income countries have access to COVID-19 vaccines now. I encourage other governments to follow this example and work with COVAX and manufacturers to amend delivery schedules, ensuring commitments under COVAX’s purchase agreements can be fulfilled as a priority.”

22 November 2021
Team Europe vaccine sharing: almost 100 million J & J doses to be donated by the end of 2021 – first doses arriving in African countries this week
The first shipments of almost 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from Team Europe are arriving in a number of African countries. This donation is facilitated by a tripartite agreement between Belgium (acting on behalf of Team Europe and supported by the European Commission), Johnson & Johnson and Gavi.

GHIT Fund [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.ghitfund.org/newsroom/press
GHIT was set up in 2012 with the aim of developing new tools to tackle infectious diseases that
No new digest content identified.

Global Fund [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/news/
News & Stories
News
Nienke Mulder Joins the Global Fund as Head of Human Resources
22 November 2021
GENEVA – The Global Fund is pleased to announce that Nienke Mulder will join the Global Fund in the role of Chief Human Resources Officer. Nienke has extensive experience and brings more than two decades of leadership and expertise in human resources, change management and diversity and inclusion.
Nienke has been based at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Switzerland for the past five years, where she was a Global Change Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity Strategy Lead and the HR Director for Switzerland.
Prior to GSK, she worked as an independent Strategic Transformation Lead and executive coach for several profit and not-for-profit organizations and leaders…

Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness [GloPID-R] [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.glopid-r.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.

Hilleman Laboratories [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.hillemanlabs.org/
No new digest content identified….No “news” page or tab identified.

HHMI – Howard Hughes Medical Institute [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.hhmi.org/news
Press Room
Research Nov 22 2021
The Surprising SAGA of a 20-Part Molecular Machine
Scientists solved the structure of a large human protein complex and uncovered some unexpected differences between people and yeast. The structure could guide the development of drugs to treat diseases that arise when this complex malfunctions.

Human Vaccines Project [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.humanvaccinesproject.org/
News
Press Release Nov 23, 2021
HVP’s 5th Anniversary: Campaign Launched to Catalyze the First AI Model of the Immune System
In recognition of its five-year anniversary, the Human Vaccines Project is seeking to raise $2 million to fund the next steps towards harnessing the power of the human immune system

IAVI [to 27 Nov 2021]
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
No new digest content identified.

ICRC [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.icrc.org/en/whats-new
Selected News Releases, Statements, Reports
ICRC elects new president
The Assembly, the governing body of the International Committee of the Red Cross, announced today that it has elected Mirjana Spoljaric Egger as the ICRC’s next president. She will succeed President Peter Maurer who has decided to step down in September 2022 after he reaches 10 years of service.
Ms Spoljaric Egger is currently the Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She will begin her renewable four-year term as ICRC president on 1 October 2022…

ICRC alarmed at lack of humanitarian access for 26 million people in Africa
Some 26 million people live in areas in Africa where humanitarian groups have difficulty reaching people most in need, where access to basic services like medical care is extremely limited due to violence and armed conflict, according to a new estimate…
23-11-2021 | News release

 

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

IFRC [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/news/press-releases/
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
22/11/2021
Drowning just below the surface: New IFRC research reveals magnitude of socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic
Geneva, 22 November 2021 – Women, people in urban areas and those on the move have been disproportionately and uniquely affected by the devastating socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are some of the findings of new research published today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
The COVID-19 pandemic has had major economic impacts on every nation in the world. The IFRC’s new research also shows the extent of the pandemic’s secondary consequences on communities and individuals. This crisis has caused: increased unemployment and poverty; increased food insecurity; a higher vulnerability to violence; and a loss of education and reduced opportunities for children. It has also exacerbated mental health issues.
Francesco Rocca, President of the IFRC, said: “Our research shows what we have long suspected and feared, namely that the destructive secondary impacts of this pandemic have damaged the fabric of our society and will be felt for years, if not decades, to come. People who were already vulnerable, due to conflict, climate-change, and poverty, have been pushed further towards the edge. And many people who were previously able to cope have become vulnerable, needing humanitarian support for the first time in their lives.”
The new research provides a global overview, with a special focus on ten countries: Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Philippines, Spain, South Africa and Turkey…

Institut Pasteur [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.pasteur.fr/en/press-area
Press Documents
No new digest content identified.

IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.iom.int/press-room/press-releases
News – Selected
News 26 Nov 2021
COVID-19 Forces Sharp Rise in Vulnerable Migrants Transiting Americas: IOM Report

ISC / International Science Council [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://council.science/current/
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.
News
No new digest content identified.

IVAC [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/ivac/index.html
Updates; Events
No new digest content identified.

IVI [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.ivi.int/
IVI News & Announcements
No new digest content identified.

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/news/center-news/
Center News
New Report:  Waypoint on the Path to Health Equity: COVID-19 Vaccination at Month 11
November 23, 2021
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 – The CommuniVax Coalition, 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 a new report that recounts progress made toward greater equity in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign and proposes steps to advance gains further.
“As the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic progresses through its second year, the ongoing need to identify and implement strategies for improving vaccine equity among BIPOC communities – especially amid historic disparities in healthcare access and utilization – remains,” write the authors of the report, Waypoint on the Path to Health Equity: COVID-19 Vaccination at Month 11. “This collective assessment could help to identify successes, failures, and lessons learned for future efforts around vaccine promotion and building health equity in BIPOC communities.”
The report identifies several key “wins” that have helped propel COVID-19 vaccination uptake amongst BIPOC communities, including:
With substantial federal emergency funding available, public health departments have been able to hire community health workers and other high-impact assets to advance equity in vaccination.
When decision makers have used grassroots input and hard data, service delivery has better matched BIPOC community needs in the pandemic.
Delivering accurate, culturally competent, and language-appropriate information—in a nonjudgmental, ongoing conversation— has contributed to a more equitable COVID-9 vaccination campaign.
Making COVID-19 vaccinations available alongside services for other needs such as food insecurity, unemployment, and immigration concerns has advanced equity in the pandemic response.

MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.msf.org/
Latest [Selected Announcements]
No new digest content identified.

National Academy of Medicine – USA [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://nam.edu/programs/
Selected News/Programs/Events
No new digest content identified.

National Academy of Sciences – USA [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/
News
No new digest content identified.

National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.hhs.gov/vaccines/about/index.html
Upcoming Meetings/Latest Updates
No new digest content identified.

NIH [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases
News Releases
No new digest content identified.

OECD [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/publicationsdocuments/bydate/
Newsroom
Data show how the COVID-19 pandemic has hit all aspects of people’s well-being
25/11/2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has not only had devastating effects on physical health and mortality but has touched every aspect of people’s well-being, with far-reaching consequences for how we live and work, according to a new study by the OECD.

COVID-19 and well-being: life in the pandemic says the virus caused a 16% increase in the average number of deaths across 33 OECD countries between March 2020 and early May 2021, compared with same period over the previous four years. Over the same time frame, survey data in the report reveal rising levels of depression or anxiety and a growing sense among many people of loneliness and of feeling disconnected from society.

Government support helped to sustain average household income levels in 2020 and stemmed the tide of job losses, even as average hours worked fell sharply. Although job retention schemes offered workers some protection, 14% of workers in 19 European OECD countries felt it was “likely they would lose their job” within three months, and nearly 1 in 3 people in 25 OECD countries reported financial difficulties.

The report says experiences of the pandemic have varied widely depending on age, gender and ethnicity, as well as on the type of job people do and on their level of pay and skills. The crisis also aggravated existing social, economic and environmental challenges.

In those countries with available data, workers from ethnic minorities have been more likely to lose their jobs during the pandemic. Mental health deteriorated for almost all population groups on average in 2020 but gaps in mental health by race and ethnicity are also visible. COVID-19 mortality rates for some ethnic minority communities have been more than twice those of other groups.

Younger adults experienced some of the largest declines in mental health, social connectedness and life satisfaction in 2020 and 2021, as well as facing job disruption and insecurity…

PATH [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.path.org/media-center/
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.sabin.org/updates/pressreleases
Statements and Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

UNAIDS [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.unaids.org/en
Selected Press Releases/Reports/Statements
26 November 2021
Learning lessons from current and future pandemics

26 November 2021
Ready to be the change

25 November 2021
Jamaican parliamentarians committed to ending discrimination

25 November 2021
Community outreach fills the gap in Mauritania

22 November 2021
Condoms are a critical part of combination prevention

UNHCR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/media-centre.htmlS
Selected News Releases, Announcements
No new digest content identified.

UNICEF [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.unicef.org/media/press-releases
Press Releases, News Notes, Statements [Selected]
Press release
11/25/2021
Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative delivers first tranche of over 15 million vaccines
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 25 November 2021 — The Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC jointly announced that 15.2 million vaccines purchased under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative are currently being distributed across Africa. Through Saving Lives and Livelihoods, the Mastercard Foundation is purchasing vaccines for more than 65 million people. This is the first tranche of vaccines to be delivered under the initiative. The vaccines will be distributed within countries by UNICEF.
Launched in June 2021, Saving Lives and Livelihoods is now a $1.5 billion partnership that aims to enable vaccination for millions of people, develop a workforce for vaccine manufacturing, and strengthen the Africa CDC’s capacity to oversee a historic vaccination campaign and effectively respond to future outbreaks.
“Timely delivery of these vaccines underscores the effectiveness of the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust. Working with the Africa CDC and multiple organizations, the Mastercard Foundation will support the roll out of vaccinations to millions across the continent. More remains to be done to urgently increase vaccination rates. We call on governments, funders, civil society and others to step forward to save lives and livelihoods in Africa,” said Reeta Roy, President and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation…

Unitaid [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://unitaid.org/
Featured News
No new digest content identified.

Vaccine Equity Cooperative [nee Initiative] [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://vaccineequitycooperative.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.

Vaccination Acceptance & Demand Initiative [Sabin) [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.vaccineacceptance.org/
Announcements
No new digest content identified.

Vaccine Confidence Project [to 27 Nov 2021]
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 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center
News
No new digest content identified.

Wellcome Trust [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://wellcome.ac.uk/news
News and reports
News
Fiona Powrie appointed new Deputy Chair of Governors
23 November 2021
Fiona Powrie is Director of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at the University of Oxford. With a background in immunology and translational research, she has been a member of Wellcome’s Board of Governors since January 2018.

The Wistar Institute [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.wistar.org/news/press-releases
Press Releases
Nov. 23, 2021
The Wistar Institute Receives $4 Million in Funding From the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to Advance COVID-19 Research, Address COVID-19 Risk on Vulnerable Populations, and Assess Pandemic Preparedness
PHILADELPHIA — (Nov. 23, 2021) — The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has granted The Wistar Institute $4 million to fund COVID-19 research focused on understanding the impact of COVID-19 on certain at-risk populations and supporting the commonwealth’s preparation and emergency response planning for future pandemics.

WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.wfpha.org/
Latest News – Blog
Waive Vaccine Intellectual Property Rights Now!
Nov 25, 2021
In the current global pandemic, vaccine equity means a fair distribution of vaccine, so that all countries can immunise their populations regardless of their income, pre-existing infrastructure, political context or economic development. People who live in low-and-middle-income countries are significantly less likely to have access to vaccination than those in high income countries, even if they are in the highest clinical risk groups or are health or care workers. COVID-19 vaccines significantly reduce the burden of serious illness, death, duration of symptoms and risk of transmission. Vaccination is our most important means to control the pandemic. Failure to control the level of virus circulating in communities increases the risk that new vaccine-resistant variants will emerge. This will prolong the pandemic for all countries, leaving us all at risk of new, high consequence variants. It remains the case that we will not be free of this virus, until we are all free of it.
The Global Network for Academic Public Health and WFPHA has released a statement in support of waiving intellectual property rights related to COVID-19 vaccines to increase global vaccine equity.

World Bank [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/all
Selected News, Announcements
Policies Targeting Integration into Global Value Chains Key to Harnessing the Potential of Industrialization in Africa
WASHINGTON, November 23, 2021 — As the world continues to be reshaped by emerging trends in technology, international trade and investment, and the COVID-19 pandemic, Sub-Saharan African countries must…
Date: November 23, 2021 Type: Press Release

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.oie.int/en/media/news/
Press Releases, Statements
No new digest content identified.

WTO – World Trade Organisation [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news_e.htm
WTO News and Events
General Council decides to postpone MC12 indefinitely
26 November 2021
The General Council agreed late Friday (26 November) to postpone the imminent Ministerial Conference after an outbreak of a particularly transmissible strain of the COVID-19 virus led several governments to impose travel restrictions that would have prevented many ministers from reaching Geneva.

DG Okonjo-Iweala briefs members on work to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines
25 November 2021
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala hosted on 25 November an information session on the work done by the WTO Secretariat to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. A total of 146 representatives from 62 members and observers participated in the briefing session.
[See Milestones above for detail]

 

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ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine] [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://alliancerm.org/press-releases/
Selected Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

BIO [to 27 Nov 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 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.dcvmn.org/
News; Upcoming events
No new digest content identified.

ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://internationalbiotech.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.

IFPMA [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.ifpma.org/resources/news-releases/
Selected Press Releases, Statements, Publications
The European Commission and Innovative Biopharmaceutical Industries to Explore Potential Initiatives to Enhance Local Production
26 November 2021
[See Milestones above for detail]

IFPMA Statement – Special Session of World Health Assembly on Pandemic Treaty
24 November 2021
[See Milestones above for detail]

Joint Statement on World Antimicrobial Awareness Week
24 November 2021

 

International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association [IGBA]
https://www.igbamedicines.org/
News
No new digest content identified.

International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations – IAPO [to 27 Nov 2021]
https://www.iapo.org.uk/news/topic/6
Press and media [Selected]
IAPO’s Joint Statement on World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
On World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO), the IAPO Patients for Patient Safety Observatory and its AMR Patient Alliance, International Council of Nurses (ICN), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), responding to the call to One Health stakeholders to be Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness champions, support the 2021 theme “Spread Awareness. Stop Resistance” and call on all stakeholders to encourage best practices amongst all actors of the health system to preserve existing antimicrobials and call for policy reforms to encourage sustainable investment in new antibiotics.

PhRMA [to 27 Nov 2021]
http://www.phrma.org/
Latest News [Selected]
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