Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The outbreak has affected almost every country in the world and is, therefore, considered a pandemic, which has had more than 4 waves in many countries throughout the last 2.5 years.
Many laboratories of our network, have developed new vaccines to help stop the spread of the virus. Over 60% of the doses of vaccines provided to the world in this time had come from DCVMN members.
In an effort to provide you with reliable, current information regarding COVID-19 our field of action, the development of new vaccines, we offer here some links you might find useful.
Global COVID-19 Supply Chain & Manufacturing Summit, March 8th and 9th, 2021
Global Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Chain Manufacturing Summit Press Release
Landscape of Current C19 Supply Chain Manufacturing Capacity
Landscape of Current C19 Supply Chain Manufacturing Capacity – Appendix
September, 2020 – ACT-Accelerator Economic Investment Case & Financial Requirements Sept-Dec 2020 (PDF)
September, 2020 – ACT-Accelerator Status Report & Plan Sept-Dec 2020 (PDF)
July 10, 2020 – ACT-Accelerator Investment Case of the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF)
DCVMN has created the DCVMN Covid-19 committee to support the EC whenever questions regarding Covid are received by GAVI, CEPI, WHO, etc.
Article on COVID mutations
The Brighton Collaboration standardized template for collection of key information for benefit-risk assessment of protein vaccines–
COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Partnership Updates
Closing the vaccine equity gap for stronger health systems.
In January 2022, WHO, UNICEF and Gavi established the COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Partnership to support vaccine delivery. It specifically provides urgent operational support to the 34 countries that were at or below 10% full vaccination coverage in January 2022 to progress towards national and global targets. The greatest benefits of this approach will come from prioritizing full vaccination and boosters for high-priority populations – older adults, healthcare workers, and persons with co-morbidities including immunocompromised persons.
See here the latest publication from ICMRA – Report on the review of regulatory flexibilities/agilities as implemented by National Regulatory Authorities during Covid-19 pandemic –December 2020
This list provides examples of existing WHO guidance documents adopted by WHO Expert Committee on Biological Standardization, published in Technical Report Series (TRS) 1, that may provide useful guidance and information for the development, production and evaluation of candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccines2. This list is not exhaustive but focused on evaluation of vaccines. Some guidelines may also be applicable for other COVID-19 interventions such as therapeutic products (e.g. antibodies).
HIC-VAC Call for proposals for public engagement projects (these must be linked to human challenge or vaccines). The closing date of the call is AUGUST 21st 2020, 5pm BST; al, the details and forms are here:
HIC-VAC open call for training funding, especially lab exchanges with our LMIC members. See our website for more information:
CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation, also supports projects on COVID vaccines’ development.
CEPI sponsored Meeting held in March 2020 on Enhanced Disease (YouTube video)
Other useful articles on novel COVID-19 vaccine candidates
- The COVID-19 vaccine development landscape
- The race for coronavirus vaccines: a graphical guide
- Building the supply chain…before the supply
- COVID-19: massive impact on lower-income countries threatens more disease outbreaks
There are many vaccine trackers. A quick search yielded these examples:
- WHO technical reports – see Draft Landscape document
- Regulatory Focus
- Artis Ventures