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.

 
 

Airfinity
https://www.airfinity.com/insights
INSIGHTS & COMPANY NEWS
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://alleninstitute.org/news-press/
News
New technique sorts out what different kinds of neurons do in the brain
January 7, 2022
Study pinpoints a mouse neuron’s role in sensing touch
 
 
BARDA – U.S. Department of HHS [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.phe.gov/about/barda/Pages/default.aspx
News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
BMGF – Gates Foundation [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.gatesfoundation.org/ideas/media-center
Press Releases and Statements
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute [to 08 Jan 2022]
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 08 Jan 2022]
https://carb-x.org/
News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy – GE2P2 Global Foundation [to 08 Jan 2022]
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 – January 2022 is now posted here
 
 
CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://cepi.net/
Latest News
Reflections on 2021 from CEPI CEO Dr Richard Hatchett
21 Dec 2021
By Dr. Richard Hatchett
CEPI CEO Dr Richard Hatchett offers his personal reflections on the events of the past year, and looks to the challenges ahead as the world responds to Omicron and prepares for the threat of future pandemics.
[See Perspectives above for excerpts]
 
 
DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [U.S.] [to 08 Jan 2022
https://www.darpa.mil/news
News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Duke Global Health Innovation Center [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://dukeghic.org/
Our Blog
No new digest content identified.
 
 
EDCTP [to 08 Jan 2022]
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 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.vaccines.emory.edu/
Vaccine Center News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
European Vaccine Initiative [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.euvaccine.eu/
Latest News, Events
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Fondation Merieux [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.fondation-merieux.org/
News, Events
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Gavi [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.gavi.org/
News Releases
COVAX awarded 2021 North-South Prize for enhancing global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines
Geneva, 21 December 2021 – The COVAX Facility has been awarded the 2021 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe in recognition of its efforts to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide, including in low-income countries, and for striving for a more equitable world to protect people’s lives.
…The North-South Prize of the Council of Europe is awarded each year to two nominees, one from the North and one from the South, for their exceptional commitment to promoting North-South solidarity…

GHIT Fund [to 08 Jan 2022]
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 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/news/
News & Stories
News
Global Fund Praises Norway’s Leadership in Global Fight Against COVID-19
22 December 2021
The Global Fund praises Norway’s leadership in the global fight against COVID-19 after its decision to allocate NOK 440 million (US$49.1 million) to the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM). This new contribution, which is on top of the …

News
Global Fund Applauds Luxembourg’s Contribution to the COVID-19 Response Mechanism
21 December 2021
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria applauds the decision by Luxembourg to contribute €2 million to the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism.
 
 
Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness [GloPID-R] [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.glopid-r.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Hilleman Laboratories [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.hillemanlabs.org/
News & Insights
No new digest content identified.
 
 
HHMI – Howard Hughes Medical Institute [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.hhmi.org/news
Press Room
Research Jan 6 2022
Cystic Fibrosis Drugs Can Be ‘Life-Changing’ For Patients. New Images Reveal How These Molecules Work
A mutated protein causes the genetic disease cystic fibrosis. Now, researchers have solved the structure of the protein and how certain drugs bind to it, unveiling their mode of action.
 
 
Human Vaccines Project [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.humanvaccinesproject.org/
News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
IAVI [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.iavi.org/newsroom
Latest News
FEATURES
January 5, 2022
IAVI remembers Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The archbishop advocated for the human rights of people living with HIV and tuberculosis
 
 

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 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.icrc.org/en/whats-new
Selected News Releases, Statements, Reports
Egypt: ICRC donates protective equipment to health ministry to support fight against COVID-19
The ICRC donation, worth 1 million Egyptian pounds, includes FFP2/N95 masks, protective coveralls, examination gloves, surgical gloves, body bags, and non-touch thermometers.The PPE will be sent to the health facilities in the governorates of Ismailia and North Sinai. This comes as part of the continued cooperation between the ICRC and the health ministry to support the
20-12-2021 | News release

 
 

IFFIm
http://www.iffim.org/
Press Releases/Announcements
No new digest content identified.
 
 
IFRC [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/news/press-releases/
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
Philippines: Mounting health crisis after super typhoon
06/01/2022 | Press release
 
 
Institut Pasteur [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.pasteur.fr/en/press-area
Press Documents
Press release 23.12.2021
COVID-19 – Omicron: resistant to most monoclonal antibodies but neutralized by a booster dose
The Omicron variant was detected for the first time in South Africa in November 2021 and has since spread to many…
 
 
IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.iom.int/press-room/press-releases
News – Selected
News 21 Dec 2021
Global Diaspora Week: Maximizing Diaspora Contributions in Development

News 21 Dec 2021
Returning Female Migrants Face More Reintegration Challenges than Men: IOM Study
 
 
ISC / International Science Council [to 08 Jan 2022]
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 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/ivac/index.html
Updates; Events
No new digest content identified.
 
 
IVI [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.ivi.int/
IVI News & Announcements
2021 Year in Review
[Undated]

 
 

IVI and Mozambique’s INS launch mix-and-match COVID-19 vaccine study
:: Study will assess the safety and immunogenicity of a heterologous regimen of two approved COVID-19 vaccines in adults
:: Aims to mitigate vaccine shortages and support flexible immunization programs
December 20, 2021
 
 
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/news/center-news/
Center News
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security’s COVID-19 Testing Toolkit Expands in Second Year
December 21, 2021
 
 
MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.msf.org/
Latest [Selected Announcements]
South Sudan
Hundreds of thousands of people in dire conditions months after floods
Project Update 7 Jan 2022

Chad
“If the rain abandons us again, we don’t know what we will do”
Project Update 6 Jan 2022

Refugees, IDPs and people on the move
MSF leaves Polish border after being blocked from assisting people
Press Release 6 Jan 2022

Chad
Tens of thousands of people flee Cameroon as violence spreads
Project Update 4 Jan 2022
 
 
National Academy of Medicine – USA [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://nam.edu/programs/
Selected News/Programs/Events
No new digest content identified.
 
 
National Academy of Sciences – USA [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/
News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.hhs.gov/vaccines/about/index.html
Upcoming Meetings/Latest Updates
National Vaccine Advisory Committee [NVAC] 2022 Meetings
February 10-11, 2022
 
 
NIH [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases
News Releases
COVID-19 vaccination associated with a small, temporary increase in menstrual cycle length, suggests NIH-funded study
January 6, 2022 — The authors noted that menstrual cycles typically vary a small amount from month to month.

 
 

NIH celebrates FDA approval of long-acting injectable drug for HIV prevention
December 21, 2021 — Approval marks pivotal expansion of HIV prevention options in the United States.
 
 
OECD [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/publicationsdocuments/bydate/
Newsroom
No new digest content identified.
 
 
PATH [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.path.org/media-center/
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.sabin.org/updates/pressreleases
Statements and Press Releases
No new digest content identified.
 
 
UNAIDS [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.unaids.org/en
Selected Press Releases/Reports/Statements
6 January 2022
New indicators added to Key Populations Atlas
The UNAIDS Key Populations Atlas is an online tool that provides a range of information about members of key populations—sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, transgender people and prisoners—worldwide, together with information about people living with HIV.
Information about gay men and other men who have sex with men has been expanded with the inclusion of 11 new indicators from the EMIS and LAMIS projects. Under funding from the European Commission, EMIS-2017 collected data from gay men and other men who have sex with men in 50 countries between October 2017 and January 2018. LAMIS is the Latin American version of EMIS and finished data collection across 18 additional countries in May 2018.
The 11 new indicators shown in the Key Population Atlas—on syphilis, symptomatic syphilis, gonorrhoea, symptomatic gonorrhoea, chlamydia, symptomatic chlamydia, sexually transmitted infections testing, syphilis partner notification, gonorrhoea partner notification and hepatitis A and B vaccination—were chosen because of their high relevance to the communities…

UNHCR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/media-centre.htmlS
Selected News Releases, Announcements
Pakistan concludes ‘drive’ to issue smartcards to registered Afghan refugees
4 Jan 2022

UNICEF [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.unicef.org/media/press-releases
Press Releases, News Notes, Statements [Selected]
Press release
12/31/2021
Grave violations of children’s rights in conflict on the rise around the world, warns UNICEF
Less than half of parties to conflict globally have committed to protect children
 
 
Unitaid [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://unitaid.org/
Featured News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
USAID [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/2021
Selected Press Releases, Statements, Announcements
Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. John Nkengasong
January 4, 2022
Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Dr. John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). They discussed the recently announced whole-of-government effort, the Initiative for Global Vaccine Access (Global VAX), to accelerate global efforts to turn COVID-19 vaccines into vaccinations through expanded vaccine readiness, delivery support, and enhanced coordination. Dr. Nkengasong provided his perspective on the country capacity and political will needed to significantly ramp up vaccine access and delivery across the African continent. The Administrator and Dr. Nkengasong agreed on the importance of close collaboration between the U.S. government and the Africa CDC in achieving Global VAX goals.

Administrator Samantha Power at the Swearing-in Ceremony for Atul Gawande, Assistant Administrator to the Bureau for Global Health
January 4, 2022
In addition to his focus on strengthening health systems, Atul will lead efforts to prevent needless child and maternal deaths, respond to infectious disease threats and expand our family planning programming to better address the health and rights of women and girls. And critically, Atul will bring his characteristic mentorship and empathy to the nine offices of the Global Health Bureau as they work to spread health equity around the world.
 
 
Vaccine Equity Cooperative [nee Initiative] [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://vaccineequitycooperative.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Vaccination Acceptance & Demand Initiative [Sabin) [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.vaccineacceptance.org/
Announcements
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Vaccine Confidence Project [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.vaccineconfidence.org/
News, Research and Reports
No new digest content identified.
 
 
Vaccine Education Center – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center
News
TWiV 844: Paul Offit on children, COVID, and boosters
December 19, 2021
Paul Offit returns to TWiV to discuss new CDC guidance on J&J vaccine, why children should be immunized against COVID-19, and whether or not booster doses are scientifically justified.
 
 
Wellcome Trust [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://wellcome.ac.uk/news
News. Opinion, Reports
No new digest content identified.
 
 
The Wistar Institute [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.wistar.org/news/press-releases
Press Releases
Jan. 5, 2022
Wistar and Stanford Medicine to Begin Phase 2 Clinical Trial of VK-2019 in Patients with Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)-Positive Advanced Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma
Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate novel anticancer drug candidate.
 
 
WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.wfpha.org/
Latest News – Blog
Public Health Leadership Coalition: A Call to Action
Dec 20, 2021
Global challenges can only be overcome through global efforts and the adoption of appropriate global approaches to address health threats at the animal, human, and environmental interfaces.
Global public health leaders, working within the framework of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, have called for actions to promote equity, public health leadership and global coordination to address pressing global health challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic and other health threats.
 
 
World Bank [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/all
Selected News, Announcements
World Bank Prices First CAD Sustainable Development Bond of 2022 and Highlights Health and COVID-19 Response Efforts
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 6, 2022 – The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, Aaa/AAA) today priced a new 5-year CAD 1.5 billion benchmark that matures on January 19…
Date: January 06, 2022 Type: Press Release

World Bank Supports Burundi’s Response to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, December 22, 2021 – The World Bank Group approved today US$60 million in additional funding for the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project in Burundi to help the Government prevent, detect…
Date: December 22, 2021 Type: Press Release

World Bank’s Operational Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in East Asia and the Pacific
The World Bank Group is taking broad, fast action to help developing countries strengthen their pandemic response, increase disease surveillance, improve public health interventions, and help the private…
Date: December 22, 2021 Type: Brief

Joint Statement of the Multilateral Leaders Taskforce on Scaling Covid-19 Tools, December 17, 2021: “From Vaccines to Vaccinations”
Washington, December 22, 2021 — The heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, World Health Organization, and World Trade Organization held high-level consultations with…
Date: December 22, 2021 Type: Statement
[See Perspectives above for detail]
 
 
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.oie.int/en/media/news/
Press Releases, Statements
No new digest content identified.
 
 
WTO – World Trade Organisation [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news_e.htm
WTO News and Events
International organizations discuss how to improve access to COVID vaccines, countermeasures
22 December 2021
The heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization held on 17 December high-level consultations with UNICEF and Gavi aimed at increasing access to COVID-19-related vaccines and other critical medical countermeasures in low— and lower-middle-income countries. The four agency heads — Kristalina Georgieva (IMF), David Malpass (World Bank), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (WHO) and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (WTO) — issued a joint statement on behalf of the Multilateral Leaders Task Force.
[See Perspectives above for detail]

 

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ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine] [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://alliancerm.org/press-releases/
Selected Press Releases
No new digest content identified.
 
 
BIO [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.bio.org/press-releases
Press Releases, Letters, Testimony, Comments [Selected]
No new digest content identified.
 
 
DCVMN – Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.dcvmn.org/
News; Upcoming events
No new digest content identified.
 
 
ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations [to 08 Jan 2022]
https://internationalbiotech.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.
 
 
IFPMA [to 08 Jan 2022]
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 08 Jan 2022]
https://www.iapo.org.uk/news/topic/6
Press and media [Selected]
No new digest content identified.
 
 
PhRMA [to 08 Jan 2022]
http://www.phrma.org/
Latest News [Selected]
No new digest content identified.