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Responding with strength to pandemic risk of COVID-19

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The world has entered a new era, with the declaration by the World Health Organization of COVID-19 as a widespread pandemic. But, there are ways the world, including the Forum and its partners, are responding with strength.

This week the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), announced its seventh COVID-19 vaccine project. The organization will be investing an initial US$620,000 in a partnering agreement with The University of Hong Kong (HKU) to rapidly develop a vaccine candidate against COVID-19.

The first Phase 1 study for a COVID-19 vaccine, which has received funding support from CEPI, also began vaccinating volunteers this week.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched in 2017 at the Forum’s Annual Meeting – bringing together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil society to accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases and to enable access to these vaccines during outbreaks.


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