WASHINGTON — With a call for proposals on Tuesday, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations aims to shorten the usually long time it takes to develop vaccines for emerging diseases.
This call, open to a range of companies, foundations and research and development institutions, asks for ideas for “new approaches to vaccine development” that will “support the development of rapid response platforms for vaccine development, a core part of CEPI’s mission,” Richard Hatchett, the CEO of CEPI told Devex.
A new initiative backed by nearly half a billion dollars will finance vaccine research and other innovations to combat diseases that pose global health security threats.
The technologies or platforms that CEPI seeks in this call will speed the pace of vaccine development and create fast-acting vaccines that can be scaled rapidly. The focus will be on vaccine development for emerging epidemics, including for pathogens or diseases that are not yet on the public health radar.