The EU support is part of the pledge to invest €1 billion from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, into urgently needed research and innovation to test, treat and prevent COVID-19. Half of this funding – 50 million – had been already planned under the partnership between the Commission and CEPI. The amount was doubled after the coronavirus outbreak.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, CEPI is working to rapidly develop a broad portfolio of the most advanced COVID-19 vaccine candidates and to ensure that these are ready to be produced at scale, in collaboration with industry partners. Through COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the ACT Accelerator launched in partnership with Gavi and the World Health Organization (WHO), CEPI’s ultimate goal is to provide an end-to-end solution to develop, manufacture and equitably deliver up to two billion doses of vaccine by the end of 2021. The Horizon 2020 support to CEPI will fund research and innovation activities but not manufacturing of vaccines.
The new call is an extension of CEPI’s second COVID-19 vaccine call for proposals launched in May. It is open until the end of September but proposals will be evaluated every three weeks in order to secure research funding in a timely manner.
As part of the Coronavirus Global Response initiative led by President Ursula von den Leyen, €15.9 billion has been pledged for universal access to tests, treatments and vaccines against coronavirus and for the global recovery.