£10 million to develop vaccines against global infectious diseases

05 February 2019

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The UK government has announced it will give £10 million of funding to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), in order to help develop vaccines against emerging infectious diseases, prioritising help to low- and middle-income countries.

CEPI is a global coalition that was formed in response to the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, which killed more than 11,000 people.

The funding is in addition to the UK’s investment of £120 million for the UK Vaccine Network (UKVN), which helps to develop vaccines and vaccine technology for epidemic diseases.

The UKVN funds 78 research projects that are developing vaccines against diseases that can cause epidemics. The UKVN is prioritising vaccine development for 12 pathogens, five of which are also prioritised by CEPI.

Source: UK Government, 22 January 2019