India, Norway set up body to accelerate research for epidemics
India and Norway have founded a Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to accelerate life-saving research and development for epidemics
An R&D blueprint for action to prevent epidemics- funding and coordination models for preparedness and response’ and asked member countries, including India, to develop a research and development blueprint during epidemics.
Accordingly, CEPI has been founded by governments of India (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Health) and Norway, the Welcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum in collaboration with industry, other governments, foundations regulatory bodies, civil society and the WHO.
The CEPI will prioritise list of diseases against which vaccines are most feasible to overcome barriers for development of vaccines