Coronavirus Notebook: Global COVID-19 Summit To Press For More Funding For Vaccines & Treatments, WHO Calls For End To IP Waiver ‘Stalemate’
CEPI has announced funding for a “variant-proof” vaccine being developed by a multidisciplinary consortium. The European Medicines Agency's new committee on drug shortages in health crises has held its first meeting, and the European Parliament’s new COVID-19 committee will quiz the health commissioner on the EU’s vaccines strategy and response to the pandemic.
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Announcements at the second Global COVID-19 Summit included a technology licensing agreement for vaccine and diagnostic products developed by the US NIH, a new partnership to boost the use of testing and antiviral treatments in less wealthy countries, and a flurry of new funding pledges from organizations and companies alike.
As part of its expanded mandate, the EU regulator is identifying those medicines whose supply will need to be closely monitored during health crisis situations. The lists will draw on various information sources, including real-world evidence databases.
ACT-A, an initiative led by the World Health Organization and involving international health agencies, has significantly improved access to COVID-19 medical countermeasures in lower-income countries. However, further progress could be hindered by a funding shortfall, and ACT-A has urged donors to contribute their fair share.