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.

Airfinity    [to  07 May 2022]


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Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group    [to  07 May 2022]


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BMGF – Gates Foundation  [to  07 May 2022]

Press Releases and Statements

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Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute    [to  07 May 2022]

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

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CARB-X   [to  07 May 2022]


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Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy – GE2P2 Global Foundation   [to  07 May 2022]


:: Past weekly editions of Vaccines and Global Health: The Week in Review are available here.

:: Informed Consent: A Monthly Review – MAY 2022is now posted here

CEPI – Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations  [to  07 May 2022]

Latest News

New expert appointments to CEPI’s Board and Scientific Advisory Committee

   New appointments to CEPI Board and SAC along with announcement of CEPI’s first Global Goodwill Ambassador

News   06 May 2022

Independent External Review of CEPI’s COVID-19 Vaccine Development Agreements Published

   The review was carried out by the University of Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law.

05 May 2022

[See COVID above for detail]

DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [U.S.] [to  07 May 2022


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Duke Global Health Innovation Center  [to  07 May 2022]

Our Blog

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EDCTP    [to  07 May 2022]

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


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Emory Vaccine Center    [to  07 May 2022]

Vaccine Center News

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European Vaccine Initiative  [to  07 May 2022]

Latest News, Events

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Evidence Aid   [to  07 May 2022]

Evidence Aid aims to save lives and livelihoods in disasters by providing decision-makers with the best available evidence and by championing its use.

New Resources

Vaccination status of migrants and refugees in Europe Added May 3, 2022    Citation: Mipatrini D, Stefanelli P, Severoni S, et al. Vaccinations in migrants and refugees: a challenge for European health systems. A systematic review of current scientific evidence. Pathogens and Global Health. 2017;111(2):59-68.

Fondation Merieux  [to  07 May 2022]

News, Events 

Mérieux Foundation & University of Geneva co-organized event

22nd Advanced Vaccinology Course (ADVAC)

May 9 – 20, 2022 – Les Pensières Center for Global Health, Veyrier-du-Lac (France)

Gavi [to  07 May 2022]

News Releases

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GHIT Fund   [to  07 May 2022]

Press Releases

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Global Fund  [to  07 May 2022]

News & Stories

04 May 2022

COVID-19 Clinical Therapeutics

   In this operational update, we would like to give you an update on COVID-19 testing and therapeutics that can be currently supported through the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM), following WHO guidelines.

03 May 2022

Global Fund Appoints Susie Rhee as General Counsel and Head of the Legal & Governance Department

   The Global Fund is pleased to announce the appointment of Susie Rhee as the new General Counsel and Head of the Legal & Governance Department.

Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness [GloPID-R] [to  07 May 2022]


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Hilleman Laboratories   [to  07 May 2022]

News & Insights

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HHMI – Howard Hughes Medical Institute    [to  07 May 2022]

Press Room              

Research  May 05 2022

Cutting Calories and Eating at the Right Time of Day Leads to Longer Life in Mice

  In a study that followed hundreds of mice over their lifespans, calorie restriction combined with time-restricted eating boosted longevity.

Human Vaccines Project   [to  07 May 2022]



Apr 28, 2022

Neil M. Vora: Protecting Nature, Preventing Pandemics

IAVI  [to  07 May 2022]

Latest News

May 6, 2022

IAVI salutes the confirmation of John Nkengasong as head of PEPFAR

    Nkengasong was a founding leader of PEPFAR and has served on IAVI’s board of directors.

ICRC  [to  07 May 2022]

What’s New   [Selected]     

Message on World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2022

   “Tutti Fratelli!” We are brothers and sisters, exclaimed the women of Castiglione after the devastating battle of Solferino in 1859.

08-05-2022 | Statement

Ukraine: “Level of death, destruction and misery abhorrent and unacceptable”

05-05-2022 | Statement

International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities [ICMRA]

Selected Statements, Press Releases, Research

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Press Releases/Announcements

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IFRC   [to  07 May 2022]

Press Releases [Selected]

Horn of Africa: IFRC Secretary General visits Kenya as worst drought in 40 years looms for millions 

06/05/2022 | Press release

Institut Pasteur   [to  07 May 2022]

Press Documents

Press release


HIV: bestowing CD8+ T cells with properties observed in natural controllers

   HIV controllers are rare individuals able to control infection naturally without treatment. CD8+ T immune cells play a…

IOM / International Organization for Migration [to  07 May 2022]

News – Selected

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ISC / International Science Council  [to  07 May 2022]

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  Blogs  Podcasts  Events

Press Documents

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International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS)

News/Events [Selected]

2022 International Day of Immunology

April 26, 2022

IVAC  [to  07 May 2022]

Updates; Events

Measuring equity in vaccination coverage beyond socioeconomic status: Launch of the VERSE Equity Toolkit

Originally published on (April 27, 2022)

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new standardized toolkit to assess equity in vaccine coverage. The VERSE Equity Toolkit compares the level of vaccine coverage against the level of equity and quantifies the influence of key sociodemographic factors to inequity.

IVI   [to  07 May 2022]

IVI News & Announcements

IVI, SmileGate, partners team up to vaccinate 28,000 people in Nepal

   May 4, 2022, SEOUL, Republic of Korea — The International Vaccine Institute (IVI), in collaboration with SmileGate in Korea and Nepalese partners, will vaccinate 28,000 people against cholera to help prevent and control outbreaks in Nepal in May 2022…

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security   [to  07 May 2022]

Center News

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MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières  [to  07 May 2022]

Latest [Selected Announcements]


WHO approves MSF MDR-TB trial regimen, but prices must come down

Press Release 4 May 2022

National Academy of Medicine – USA  [to  07 May 2022]

News [Selected]

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National Academy of Sciences – USA  [to  07 May 2022]


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National Vaccine Program Office – U.S. HHS  [to  07 May 2022]

Upcoming Meetings/Latest Updates                          

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NIH  [to  07 May 2022]

News Releases 

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OECD  [to  07 May 2022]


Growth and economic well-being: Fourth quarter 2021, OECD

   Household income falls slightly in OECD area in Q4 2021, despite continuing GDP growth

5 May 2022

OXFAM [to 07 May 2022]

Press Releases       

Reaction to WTO TRIP’s waiver “outcome”

4 May 2022

    Responding to the WTO’s published ‘outcome’ of negotiations over a waiver of Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS), Max Lawson, Head of Inequality Policy for Oxfam and co-chair of the People’s Vaccine Alliance, said:

   “This text is a recognition that WTO rules on intellectual property are a clear barrier to ensuring people get the vaccines, tests, and treatments they need. It is a tragedy that it has taken almost two years and millions of deaths to reach this point and a travesty that the action proposed today falls well short of what is needed.
   “The text as it stands continues to place pharmaceutical corporate interests over the needs of global health. It adds more unnecessary barriers than existed before negotiations began and failure to act now on treatments and tests is inexcusable. 
   “This is not the TRIPS waiver supported by over 100 governments. It is not endorsed by any member other than the EU. And it is utterly insufficient for a pandemic that has killed an estimated 20 million people and rising. 
   “WTO member states must urgently deliver a genuine intellectual property waiver that will turn the tide on global vaccine, test, and treatment inequality and make a difference to controlling this virus. If WTO negotiations cannot deliver that after two years of a deadly pandemic, then we must admit that the institution is not fit for purpose.”

PATH  [to  07 May 2022]                           

Press Releases

Results from community-based and HIV integrated viral hepatitis testing model show increase in treatment access in Vietnam

   Hanoi, Vietnam, May 3, 2022—A new article published in the Clinical Liver Disease journal presents impactful results from a novel community-based and HIV integrated hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing model in Vietnam, a country where 8.8 million people are estimated to be living with HBV and HCV infection, yet 80 to 90 percent are undiagnosed and untreated. These findings are drawn from HepLINK, a PATH-led initiative in partnership with The Hepatitis Fund that seeks to provide learning in ways to best increase access to viral hepatitis screening, diagnosis, and treatment within primary and community health care…

Rockefeller Foundation  [to 07 May 2022]

Selected Reports/Press Releases

Apr 28 2022

Press Releases

Global Consortium of Leading Health Organizations Urges Shifts for Sustainable Post-Omicron Covid-19 Strategy

[See COVID above for detail]

Sabin Vaccine Institute  [to  07 May 2022]

Statements and Press Releases

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UNAIDS [to  07 May 2022]

Selected Press Releases/Reports/Statements

5 May 2022

Jamaica commits to improving social protection

3 May 2022

“A litmus test of civilization” – How the war in Ukraine has impacted LGBTI people

UNHCR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [to  07 May 2022]

Selected News Releases, Announcements

UNHCR and TikTok launch campaign in solidarity with refugees from Ukraine and beyond

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and TikTok launch a hashtag challenge and live concert series #TheWorldNeeds, using music to bring people together and promote solidarity with refugees

04 May 2022

UNICEF  [to  07 May 2022]

Press Releases, News Notes, Statements  [Selected]



Every day that the war in Ukraine continues is a nightmare for millions of children.

NEW YORK, 5 May 2022 – “Every day that the war in Ukraine continues is a nightmare for millions of children.  “Nearly two-thirds of Ukraine’s children have been forced to flee. Many have seen things no child should ever see.  “Their homes have been hit. Their schools have been attacked, along with all the systems that could help them survive. “And…



UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell’s remarks at the launch of the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises

NEW YORK, 4 May 2022 – “Thank you [moderator], and thank you [WFP Executive Director] David Beasley, [FAO Director General] Qu Dongyu, and [EU Commissioner] Jutta Urpilainen for leading this critical discussion. “We are here to take stock of a somber reality. As we have heard already today, the world is once again on the verge of a global food…

Press release


School year nears tragic end in Ukraine amid child deaths, empty classrooms and destruction of educational facilities

KYIV/NEW YORK, 4 May 2022 – At least one in six UNICEF-supported schools in eastern Ukraine have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the war, including School 36 – the only ‘Safe School’ in Mariupol – underscoring the dramatic impact the conflict is having on children’s lives and futures. Two schools have been hit by attacks in the past…

Press release


UNICEF: Education milestone for Rohingya refugee children as Myanmar curriculum pilot reaches first 10,000 children

COX’S BAZAR, 1 May 2022 – A breakthrough for Rohingya refugee children living in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh sees the first 10,000 children enrolled to receive education based on the national curriculum of their home country Myanmar. This milestone will be reached this month. The Myanmar Curriculum Pilot, launched by UNICEF and…

Unitaid  [to  07 May 2022]

Featured News

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Vaccine Equity Cooperative [nee Initiative]   [to  07 May 2022]


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Vaccination Acceptance & Demand Initiative [Sabin)  [to  07 May 2022]

Announcements, Blog

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Vaccine Confidence Project  [to  07 May 2022]

News, Research and Reports

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Vaccine Education Center – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  [to  07 May 2022]


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Wellcome Trust  [to  07 May 2022]

News. Opinion, Reports

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The Wistar Institute   [to  07 May 2022]

Press Releases

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WFPHA: World Federation of Public Health Associations  [to  07 May 2022]

Latest News – Blog

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World Bank [to  07 May 2022]

Selected News, Announcements

World Bank Increases its COVID-19 Assistance to Solomon Islands

Additional US$8 million to provide immediate support to COVID-19 emergency response, vaccine access and health system strengthening HONIARA, May 2, 2022 – With Solomon Islands’ COVID-19 situation having…

Date: May 02, 2022 Type: Press Release

World Customs Organization – WCO  [to  07 May 2022]

Latest News

03 May 2022

The Dominican Republic Customs establishes an Action plan for humanitarian aid clearance with the assistance of the WCO COVID-19 Project

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)   [to  07 May 2022]

Press Releases, Statements

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WTO – World Trade Organisation [to  07 May 2022]

WTO News and Events [Selected]

TRIPS Council hears initial reactions to Quad’s outcome document on IP COVID-19 response

6 May 2022

At a meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 6 May, WTO members discussed the outcome document that has recently emerged from the informal process conducted with the Quad (the European Union, India, South Africa and the United States) for an intellectual property (IP) response to COVID-19. Members also adopted the oral status report that will be submitted by the chair of the TRIPS Council, Ambassador Lansana Gberie of Sierra Leone, to the General Council scheduled for 9-10 May.
[See Milestones above for detail]

WTO, generic drug makers explore cooperation for increased access to therapeutics

2 May 2022

WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the CEO Advisory Committee of the International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (IGBA) held on 2 May a virtual meeting to discuss how to promote international health equity and access to therapeutics. The meeting marked the initial step towards a continuing dialogue aimed at contributing to the fight against the pandemic and securing global public health beyond the current health crisis.

Quad’s outcome document on IP COVID-19 response made public

3 May 2022

WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala put forward on 3 May the outcome document that emerged from the informal process conducted with the Quad (the European Union, India, South Africa and the United States) for an intellectual property response to COVID-19.

[See Milestones above for detail]


ARM [Alliance for Regenerative Medicine]  [to  07 May 2022]

Selected Press Releases

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BIO    [to  07 May 2022]

Press Release

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DCVMN – Developing Country Vaccine Manufacturers Network  [to  07 May 2022]

News; Upcoming events

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ICBA – International Council of Biotechnology Associations   [to  07 May 2022]


ICBA Statement on Tabled WTO TRIPS Waiver Text


   Steve Bates, Chair of ICBA said “Now that the text is open to public scrutiny after its formal proposal by the WTO Director-General, it is clear that what is proposed would do nothing to solve

[See Milestones above for detail]

IFPMA   [to  07 May 2022]

Selected Press Releases, Statements, Publications

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International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association [IGBA]


IGBA’s Newly Launched CEO Advisory Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting with WTO Director General (May 2022)

May 3, 2022

   The newly established IGBA CEO Advisory Committee, a forum for generic and biosimilar medicines industry leaders to discuss broad, strategic issues, and to engage and position the industry on a range of critical policy matters, held its inaugural meeting on Monday, May 2 and launched initial discussions with World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

   “During the discussions with Dr. Ngozi, members of IGBA’s new CEO Advisory Committee outlined the essential role of generic and biosimilar medicines in global patient care and the significant contribution of the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic,” commented Vivian Frittelli, Chair of the IGBA Management Committee.

   “Members of the Advisory Committee welcomed the WTO’s efforts to promote barrier-free trade and protect a resilient global supply chain for medicines, and the importance of promoting a balanced approach to competition and innovation to enable patients to benefit from a competitive pharmaceutical marketplace” Frittelli said. “Achieving greater predictability is a critical underpinning of improved access to medicines, and this will be one area of focus for ongoing discussions and action with the WTO moving forward,” Vivian Frittelli concluded.

International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations – IAPO  [to  07 May 2022]

Press and media [Selected]

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PhRMA    [to  07 May 2022]

Latest News [Selected]

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