Greece formally announces funding contribution to CEPI to advance vaccines against COVID-19, and becomes coalition partner.
The financial pledge was first announced by Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, at the European-Commission led Global Coronavirus Response Summit pledging event on 4 May
Donation will be made through the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
June 09, 2020, Oslo, Norway & Athens, Greece – The Government of Greece has today formally announced an investment of US $1.6 million (€1.5 million) in funding to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), to support its efforts to accelerate the development of vaccines against COVID-19.
The donation, first announced by Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, at the European-Commission led Global Coronavirus Response pledging event on 4 May, will contribute to CEPI’s US $2 billion in funding urgently required to advance the development of a safe, effective and globally accessible vaccine against COVID-19.
Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said:
In our effort to face the pandemic, we realized that success lies in cooperation. Thus, we decided to pledge €1.5 m to CEPI which brings together partners from all around the world in a joint effort to advance research for the development of vaccines against COVID-19 to the benefit of humanity as a whole. It is crucial that we develop a vaccine that will be accessible to all.
Prime Minister of Greece
Welcoming the commitment Dr. Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI, said:
We are incredibly grateful for the Government of Greece’s contribution to CEPI and are delighted to welcome Greece to the coalition.
Over the course of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented global crisis, resulting in a devastating death toll and threatening our economic order and societal structures. So long as the virus is circulating somewhere, it remains a threat everywhere - no nation can end the pandemic by itself.
Today’s donation by the Government of Greece joins a growing body of dedicated global partners coming together to support the development of a safe, effective and globally accessible vaccine against this dreadful disease to help end this pandemic and get our lives back on track.
Dr. Richard Hatchett
Chief Executive Officer, CEPI
CEPI’s COVID-19 vaccine programmes
In response to the global crisis, CEPI has worked urgently and in coordination with its partners, investing up to US $829 million in nine COVID-19 vaccine programmes, to date.
Built on the principles of speed, scale and access, CEPI’s diverse COVID-19 vaccine portfolio includes a number of modern and innovative approaches, to increase the world’s chances of finding a successful vaccine. The ultimate goal is to speed up the vaccine development timeframe to develop a successful COVID-19 vaccine in an accelerated 12-18 month timeframe.
Four of CEPI’s programmes—with vaccine developers Moderna, Inc., Inovio, University of Oxford and Novavax, Inc.—have now entered clinical trials. Additional partnerships are likely to be funded in the coming months to maximise the number of shots on goal in finding a safe and effective vaccine.
It is anticipated that vaccines produced across these programmes will be procured and allocated through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility[i], an instrument of the Vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which aims to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries, at all levels of development, that wish to participate. Launched by the World Health Organization and global leaders in April, the ACT Accelerator is an international initiative which aims to accelerate the development, production and deployment of safe and effective diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines against COVID-19 – making them accessible to everyone, worldwide.
A global COVID-19 response
Today’s pledge marks Greece’s first contribution to CEPI and joins a growing number of investors, including sovereign governments, private sector organisations, individuals and philanthropic institutions, donating to CEPI to support the development a COVID-19 vaccine within the 12-18 month timeline ambition.
The funding, to be made through the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, brings CEPI’s total financial pledges to develop vaccines against COVID-19 to US $1.4 billion.
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Notes to Editors
CEPI is an innovative partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil organisations, launched at Davos in 2017, to develop vaccines to stop future epidemics. CEPI has moved with great urgency and in coordination with WHO in response to the emergence of COVID-19. CEPI has initiated 9 partnerships to develop vaccines against the novel coronavirus. The programmes will leverage rapid response platforms already supported by CEPI as well as new partnerships. The aim is to advance COVID-19 vaccine candidates into clinical testing as quickly as possible.
Before the emergence of COVID-19 CEPI’s priority diseases included Ebola virus, Lassa virus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, Nipah virus, Rift Valley Fever virus and Chikungunya virus. CEPI also invested in platform technologies that can be used for rapid vaccine and immunoprophylactic development against unknown pathogens (Disease X).
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[i] The COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility is an instrument of the Vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator within which CEPI works in partnership with Gavi and the World Health Organisation. The international initiative, launched by the World Health Organization and global leaders in April, aims to accelerate the development, production and deployment of safe and effective diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines against COVID-19 – making them accessible to everyone, worldwide.
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