CEPI’s commitment to equitable access
A commitment to equitable access is inscribed in CEPI’s DNA. It is core to CEPI’s vision of a world in which epidemics and pandemics are no longer a threat to humanity. CEPI’s commitment to equitable access informs every aspect of our work and has done so since our very beginnings.
Equitable access to epidemic or pandemic vaccines in the context of an outbreak means that appropriate vaccines are first available to populations when and where they are needed to end an outbreak or curtail an epidemic or pandemic, regardless of ability to pay.
Equity is at the heart of CEPI’s 100 Days Mission: its central goal is to enable timely availability of CEPI-supported products to those at risk, starting in just 100 days. That’s because being able to start delivering effective vaccines within 100 days of a threat emerging – wherever it is in the world, to whoever needs it most – will systematically reduce the threat posed by future infectious disease outbreaks for everyone, everywhere.
Of course, for the 100 Days Mission to achieve the greatest possible public health impact the world needs a global health security system that is configured to deliver equitable outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that is not currently the case. As we recover from the pandemic and prepare for new threats, it is vital that the system is re-engineered to produce better, more equitable outcomes in the future. CEPI is actively contributing, through its investments and its advocacy and policy engagements, to the urgently needed redesign of the system.