Although 2017 has only just started, a lot has happened in the world of infectious diseases. From the development of new vaccines, to killer antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, researchers are making advancements every day in the healthcare sector.
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#5 New Global Coalition Aims to Stop Future Epidemics with New Vaccines
On January 19, a new coalition aiming to drive vaccine innovation will launch at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. Dubbed the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the new effort aims to fight the global problem of infectious diseases.
Vaccines are largely credited with the prevention of infectious disease outbreaks around the world in the 20th century. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attributes the development and mass administration of vaccines for largely eradicating polio, smallpox, measles, diphtheria, pertussis, and other viruses in the United States. With vaccination, millions of lives are saved each year and the World Health Organization (WHO) notes that thanks to recent breakthroughs the world may soon have the vaccines to prevent more outbreaks of Ebola and the Zika virus.
To respond to infectious disease epidemics quickly, WHO officials developed the Research and Development Blueprint for Action to Prevent Epidemics, a worldwide effort to strengthen emergency response efforts to outbreaks and fast track new medical technologies and vaccines. In support of the global need for new vaccines, which are often needed swiftly to fight deadly disease epidemics, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government of India, the Wellcome Trust, and the World Economic Forum have partnered to create CEPI. The group points to the development of an Ebola vaccine, as proof that new vaccines can be created much faster than they have in the past with support from a global coalition.
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