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
240 million COVID-19 vaccines set to expire by March, according to analysis by Airfinity
Jan 12, 2022
Airfinity estimates 241 million COVID-19 vaccine doses purchased by the G7 and EU will go unused and expire by March this year.
In September 2021, Airfinity forecast 100 million vaccines would expire by the end of 2021. Today UNICEF said poorer nations rejected more than 100 million doses in December alone due to a short shelf life. 
Airfinity’s forecast is based on analysis of G7 and EU vaccine supply while accounting for doses administered, boosters for everyone over 12 years-old, vaccine hesitancy and donations.
Co-founder and CEO of Airfinity, Rasmus Bech Hansen says, “These numbers show that vaccinating the world is now largely a distribution problem and no longer a supply issue. Even after successful booster rollouts, there are surplus doses available that risk going to waste if not shared very soon. The emergence of Omicron and the likelihood of future variants shows there is no time to waste.”
Dr Matt Linley, Lead Analyst at Airfinity, says, “Countries need these vaccines to have a minimum shelf life of two months, otherwise there isn’t enough time to get them to the people who need them. Once this two month requirement is factored into our analysis the number of potentially wasted doses could rise to 500 million by March.”

Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://alleninstitute.org/news-press/
News
No new digest content identified.

BARDA – U.S. Department of HHS [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.phe.gov/about/barda/Pages/default.aspx
News
HHS Secretary Becerra renews COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency declaration, marking two years of global pandemic response
Friday, January 14, 2022

DOD, HHS Purchase COVID-19 Antigen Over-the-Counter Test Kits in Support of POTUS’ 500 Million Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests
Thursday, January 13, 2022

BMGF – Gates Foundation [to 15 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 15 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 15 Jan 2022]
https://carb-x.org/
News
No new digest content identified.

Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy – GE2P2 Global Foundation [to 15 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 15 Jan 2022]
http://cepi.net/
Latest News
No new digest content identified.

DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [U.S.] [to 15 Jan 2022
https://www.darpa.mil/news
News
No new digest content identified.

Duke Global Health Innovation Center [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://dukeghic.org/
Our Blog
No new digest content identified.

EDCTP [to 15 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 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.vaccines.emory.edu/
Vaccine Center News
No new digest content identified.

European Vaccine Initiative [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.euvaccine.eu/
Latest News, Events
No new digest content identified.

Fondation Merieux [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.fondation-merieux.org/
News, Events
No new digest content identified.

Gavi [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.gavi.org/
News Releases
No new digest content identified.

GHIT Fund [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.ghitfund.org/newsroom/press
January 11, 2022
GHIT Fund Announces Appointment of Dr. Osamu Kunii as New CEO
The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT) today announced the appointment of Dr. Osamu Kunii as the organization’s new CEO, effective March 1st, 2022. Dr. Osamu Kunii is currently serving as a Management Executive Committee member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as Head of the Strategy, Investment and Impact Division…

Global Fund [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/news/
News & Stories
No new digest content identified.

Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness [GloPID-R] [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.glopid-r.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.

Hilleman Laboratories [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.hillemanlabs.org/
News & Insights
No new digest content identified.

HHMI – Howard Hughes Medical Institute [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.hhmi.org/news
Press Room
No new digest content identified.

Human Vaccines Project [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.humanvaccinesproject.org/
News
HVP COVID Report
Jan 13, 2022
Eric Topol: “We got Lucky with Omicron”

IAVI [to 15 Jan 2022]
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 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.icrc.org/en/whats-new
Selected News Releases, Statements, Reports
Ukraine: Ongoing, active conflict a cause of a heavy humanitarian toll
A statement from Dominik Stillhart, the director of operations for the ICRC
12-01-2022 | Statement

 

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

IFRC [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/news/press-releases/
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
South Asia: Omicron threatens to overwhelm health systems
12/01/2022 | Press release
Kuala Lumpur/Delhi, 12 January 2022: The Omicron variant is fuelling a rapid surge of COVID-19 across South Asia that threatens to overwhelm health systems still reeling from a deadly wave of the Delta variant last year.
Countries across South Asia from India to Nepal and Bangladesh are reporting alarming increases in COVID-19 infections, with India alone reporting a 2,013 per cent increase in COVID-19 infections in the past month, with cases now topping 179,000 in a day.
The new wave is causing further misery for hundreds of millions of people across South Asia, already living in extreme poverty, exacerbated by COVID-19 over the past two years.
Udaya Regmi, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Head of Delegation, South Asia, said: “This latest surge of COVID-19 spells immense danger for millions of people and health systems across South Asia. Omicron is spreading fast and while vaccination rates have been soaring, after such tragic loss of life last year, fear is mounting of record infection rates.
“People everywhere want this pandemic to end but we must boost efforts to keep people safe with the basics, by wearing masks, avoiding crowds, and getting fully vaccinated where possible.”…

Institut Pasteur [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.pasteur.fr/en/press-area
Press Documents
Press release 11.01.2022
Identification of a novel therapeutic target in Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the bone marrow, with a life expectancy of less than 5 years post-diagnosis. Proteasome…

IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.iom.int/press-room/press-releases
News – Selected
No new digest content identified.

ISC / International Science Council [to 15 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 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/ivac/index.html
Updates; Events
No new digest content identified.

IVI [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.ivi.int/
IVI News & Announcements
No new digest content identified.

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/news/center-news/
Center News
Experts Encourage School Administrators to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission by Improving Indoor Air in Schools
January 11, 2022

MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.msf.org/
Latest [Selected Announcements]
No new digest content identified.

National Academy of Medicine – USA [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://nam.edu/programs/
Selected News/Programs/Events
No new digest content identified.

National Academy of Sciences – USA [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/
News
No new digest content identified.

National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS [to 15 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 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases
News Releases
No new digest content identified.

OECD [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/publicationsdocuments/bydate/
Newsroom
No new digest content identified.

PATH [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.path.org/media-center/
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

Sabin Vaccine Institute [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.sabin.org/updates/pressreleases
Statements and Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

UNAIDS [to 15 Jan 2022]
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 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/media-centre.htmlS
Selected News Releases, Announcements
No new digest content identified.

UNICEF [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.unicef.org/media/press-releases
Press Releases, News Notes, Statements [Selected]
No new digest content identified.

Unitaid [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://unitaid.org/
Featured News
2 January 2022
FIND and Unitaid, through the ACT-Accelerator, seek organizations to advocate and raise awareness on COVID-19 testing and treatment solutions
FIND and Unitaid today launched a request for proposals (RFP) to select services of organizations, with a proven record of advocacy and awareness-raising in healthcare in low- and middle-income countries, to implement projects to achieve the below specific objectives:
Increase access and uptake to COVID-19 testing and therapeutics, as they get recommended, through development and implementation of robust and evidence-based advocacy strategies supported by advocacy, literacy and communication materials and initiatives adapted to specific population groups, regional and country contexts
Disseminate and amplify these materials and initiatives through appropriate communication channels to increase prioritization of COVID-19 testing and linkage to treatment in the national pandemic response as well as generate demand for testing and therapeutics within relevant target groups
…The total budget envelope for this RFP is anticipated to be US$ ~2 million. This amount will be distributed among selected partners with an average award of no less than US$50,000 to a maximum of US$100,000. Proposals along with appendices/supporting documents must be received by FIND at [advocacy_RFP@finddx.org] no later than 2 February 2022 at 17h00 CET. Two applicant webinars are being organized to provide an overview of the RFP and answer queries. These webinars will take place on 19 January and 20 January.

USAID [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/2021
Selected Press Releases, Statements, Announcements
No new digest content identified.

Vaccine Equity Cooperative [nee Initiative] [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://vaccineequitycooperative.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.

Vaccination Acceptance & Demand Initiative [Sabin) [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.vaccineacceptance.org/
Announcements
No new digest content identified.

Vaccine Confidence Project [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.vaccineconfidence.org/
News, Research and Reports
No new digest content identified.

Vaccine Education Center – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center
News
No new digest content identified.

Wellcome Trust [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://wellcome.ac.uk/news
News. Opinion, Reports
News
Wellcome’s new strategy gets extra boost, as organisation makes strongest returns in over two decades
10 January 2022
Wellcome is making its biggest funding commitment to science and health in our 85-year history, thanks to our strongest investment returns in 25 years.
[See Perspective above for detail]

The Wistar Institute [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.wistar.org/news/press-releases
Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.wfpha.org/
Latest News – Blog
No new digest content identified.

World Bank [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/all
Selected News, Announcements
Global Growth to Slow through 2023, Adding to Risk of ‘Hard Landing’ in Developing Economies
Spread of COVID-19 Variants Alongside Inflation, Debt, and Inequality Intensifies Uncertainty WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2022—Following a strong rebound in 2021, the global economy is entering a pronounced slowdown…
Date: January 11, 2022 Type: Press Release
[See Perspectives above for detail]

World Bank Statement at the 8th Facilitation Council Meeting of the Access to COVID-19 Tolls Accelerator (ACT-A)
Let me reiterate the World Bank Group’s support for ACT-A’s objectives. We continue to be an engaged partner of ACT-A and we support its shared objective of expanding equitable and affordable access to…
Date: January 10, 2022 Type: Speeches and Transcripts
[See Perspectives above for detail]

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.oie.int/en/media/news/
Press Releases, Statements
No new digest content identified.

WTO – World Trade Organisation [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news_e.htm
WTO News and Events
General Council discusses India’s call for virtual ministerial meeting on pandemic response
10 January 2022
[See Perspective above for detail]

 

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ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine] [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://alliancerm.org/press-releases/
Selected Press Releases
No new digest content identified.

BIO [to 15 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 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.dcvmn.org/
News; Upcoming events
No new digest content identified.

ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://internationalbiotech.org/news/
News
No new digest content identified.

IFPMA [to 15 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
Vivian Frittelli takes over the position of IGBA Chair
Geneva, 12 January 2022
IGBA, the International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (IGBA), representing global
manufacturers of generic and biosimilar medicines, announced today that Vivian Frittelli, Chief Executive of Generic and Biosimilar Medicines of Southern Africa (GBM), is taking over the position of IGBA Chair for 2022 from Sudarshan Jain, Secretary General of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA)…

International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations – IAPO [to 15 Jan 2022]
https://www.iapo.org.uk/news/topic/6
Press and media [Selected]
No new digest content identified.

PhRMA [to 15 Jan 2022]
http://www.phrma.org/
Latest News [Selected]
No new digest content identified.