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Urgent call for US$2.1 billion to develop COVID-19 vaccine

We estimate that it will cost $2.1 billion to advance COVID-19 vaccine R&D. So far we’ve raised $1.3 billion towards this goal – but we need your help.

We call on individuals, private sector partners, sovereign states and philanthropies around the world to invest in CEPI’s crucial push to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

We’ve partnered with the UN Foundation, who can accept individual donations on behalf of CEPI, as part of their COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund:

For other investor enquiries, please contact CEPI directly at [email protected]

10 million

10 million

Lives were saved between 2010 and 2015 thanks to vaccines. (WHO, 2017)

$53 billion

$53 billion

The cost of the 2014 Ebola epidemic in west Africa. (C Huber et al, 2018)

$570 billion

$570 billion

The estimated annual global cost of moderately severe to severe pandemics (World Bank, 2017)

$2.8 billion

$2.8 billion

The average minimum cost for progressing one vaccine against each of WHO’s 11 priority epidemic infectious diseases. (D Gouglas et al, 2018)


Growing support from donors

CEPI was founded in Davos by the governments of Norway and India, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the World Economic Forum.

To date, CEPI has secured financial support from Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USAID, Ethiopia, The Republic of Korea, Indonesia, and Wellcome.

Additionally, CEPI has also received support from private sector entities as well as public contributions through the UN Foundation COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Calls for Proposals successfully announced

Since our launch in 2017, CEPI has announced a number of calls for proposals to support the development of candidate vaccines against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Nipah virus, Lassa virus, Rift Valley fever, and Chikungunya viruses, as well as rapid-response technologies to develop vaccines against Disease X. Most recently, we ran a funding call to develop and manufacture already proven vaccine technology that can be used against virus behind COVID-19.

Vaccine programmes launched

To date, CEPI has committed to investing up to $480 million in 19 vaccine candidates against its priority pathogens (six against Lassa virus, five against MERS-CoV, four against Nipah virus, two against Chikungunya, two against Rift Valley fever) and three vaccine platforms to develop vaccines against Disease X.

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, CEPI has worked quickly and collaboratively with global health authorities and vaccine development partners. We have so far announced funding for nine programmes to rapidly develop vaccine candidates against COVID-19.

Ebola and Zika showed that the world is tragically unprepared to detect local outbreaks and respond quickly enough to prevent them from becoming global pandemics. Without investments in research and development, we will remain unequipped when we face the next threat.

The ability to rapidly develop and deliver vaccines when new ‘unknown’ diseases emerge offers our best hope to outpace outbreaks, save lives and avert disastrous economic consequences. CEPI is a great example of how supporting innovation and R&D can help the world to address some of its most pressing health challenges.

Bill Gates, Co-Chair

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

193 states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals – the roadmap for the future we want. Epidemics threaten that future. They can ruin societies on a scale only matched by wars and natural disasters. They respect no borders and don’t care if we are rich or poor. Protecting the vulnerable is protecting ourselves. This is why we all must work together to be better prepared – and why my Government is fully committed to ensure that CEPI achieves its mission.

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister

Government of Norway

Japan has highlighted the importance of pandemic preparedness and Universal Health Coverage. I believe the CEPI will contribute to achieving them through encouraging development of vaccines.

Yasuhisa Shiozaki, Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare

Government of Japan

The outbreak of diseases like MERS, Ebola, or Lassa fever will continue to pose a threat to many people’s health as long as there are no effective vaccines. This is why we are involved in the CEPI initiative, whose objective is to prevent future epidemics by developing novel vaccines.

Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research

Government of Germany

We know from Ebola, Zika and SARS that epidemics are among the significant threats we face to life, health and prosperity. Vaccines can protect us, but we’ve done too little to develop them as an insurance policy. CEPI is our chance to learn the lessons of recent tragedies, and outsmart epidemics with new vaccine defences. If others join us in supporting CEPI, we can realise our goal of creating a safer world

Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director

The Wellcome Trust

Recent epidemics taught the world the hard way that infectious diseases know no borders. The EU shares the CEPI objective to develop new vaccines that will help prevent and contain future epidemics, and is committed to collaborating with CEPI in joint efforts towards this goal.

Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

European Commission

The Australian Government is invested in the global effort to fund critical research and development gaps for pandemic preparedness and global health security. Australia is committed to global health, and will continue to build global innovative partnerships and seek out opportunities for international research collaboration. Australia’s contribution to the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, through the Medical Research Future Fund, will assist in the development of vital vaccines suitable for humans that are deploy-ready before an epidemic begins, and ensure we are prepared for future epidemics.

Government of Australia

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We create innovative partnerships between public, private, philanthropic, and civil organisations to develop vaccines against diseases with epidemic potential.

We invest in promising vaccine candidates against our priority pathogens and platform technologies that can enable rapid development of vaccines and immunoprophylactics against new and unknown pathogens. We also coordinate activities to improve our collective response to epidemics.

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We are supporting all areas of vaccine science.

CEPI aims to invest in vaccine-based solutions that not only protect some of the most vulnerable people in the world but will also help to prevent future pandemics.

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