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The Ates Foundation and the British biomedical charity Wellcome on Tuesday pledged $150 million each to fight the virus. Covid-19 and prevention of future pandemics.

The $300 million will go to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a global association founded five years ago that co-leads Covax, the initiative to distribute covid vaccines in the developing world, together with the World Health Organization and Gavi, the Alliance for Vaccination.

“None of us believe that Omicron it will be the last variant, or that Covid-19 will be the last pandemic,” said British scientist Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome, at a press conference.

“We need a truly global response,” he added, urging governments to increase their contributions.

The announced investment represents only a small fraction of CEPI’s new five-year action plan, which calls for $3.5 billion.

A conference organized next March in London should help raise the sum that was set as a goal.

Founded in 2017 after the Ebola epidemic, the CEPI coalition has made contributions to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

It has provided funding for 14 vaccine projects, including AstraZeneca, Modern Y Novavax.

“Those vaccines made a huge difference, saved a lot of lives, and came out very quickly,” Bill Gates, co-founder of the vaccine, told reporters. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

But the picture is mixed, he added, and “we’re not getting to the numbers in developing countries as fast as we wanted.”

One of CEPI’s key goals is to dramatically reduce the time it takes to develop life-saving vaccines against any new viral threat within 100 days of pathogen sequencing.

“Delivering vaccines in 11 months like we did in 2020 is unprecedented. But it certainly wasn’t good enough,” said CEPI Executive Director Richard Hatchett.

“The unprecedented spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant around the world over the past two months exemplifies the ways in which we must be prepared, both in terms of the speed and scale of our response, to respond to future threats,” it added.

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