Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations

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CEPI, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, is a "public-private coalition that aims to derail epidemics by speeding up the development of vaccines"[1]

The concept is to develop early phases of vaccines without knowing the details for the form in which the infection will appear, but will still cut down the time to tailor the eventual vaccine to be effective to the epidemic.

CEPI's plan includes preparations for possible outbreaks of Lassa fever, Marburg fever, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), SARS, Nipah virus, Rift Valley fever, chikungunya, and others. It is being funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum, the governments of Norway, Germany, Japan[2] and India.[3] [4]

As of April 2018, CEPI has invested $37.5 million in Austria-based Themis Bioscience[5] and $56 million in US-based Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.[6] to develop vaccine candidates against Lassa fever and MERS.