World Economic Forum press conference: CEPI - Building a Global Coalition to End Epidemics

Mario Christodoulou

At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017, on the heels of the devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa, world leaders established the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), taking action to help ensure vaccines are ready before epidemics break out.

The years since have only offered reminders of the urgency of CEPI's mission, as the world now sees nearly 200 epidemic events per year and as we witness an experimental Ebola vaccine save countless lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the ongoing epidemic.

This press conference visited the progress made and previewed the years ahead for CEPI to finance and coordinate the development of new vaccines to prevent and contain infectious disease epidemics.

The press conference was hosted by Richard Hatchett (CEO, CEPI), and he was joined by Paul Stoffels (Vice Chair of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer), Jeremy Farrar (Director, Wellcome Trust), Ryan Morhard (Project Lead, Global Health and Healthcare Industries, World Economic Forum), and Lydia Ogden (Associate Vice-President, Global Enterprise Policy, MSD).

The conference streamed live at 1130 (GMT) on Jan 22, 2019.