A Tight Timeline

To get ahead of epidemics, speedy emergency vaccines are key.

Ebola killed 8,000 before experimental vaccines arrived in West Africa in January 2015.  Emergency vaccines should be in the works 3 or 4 months into an outbreak. “It’s... tight. But it’s do-able,” says University of London Professor Sanjeev Krishna.
To that end, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, backed by $620 million from 6 countries, the Wellcome Trust and the Gates Foundation, is doubling down on R&D for 3 epidemic-ready diseases: Lassa Fever, MERS and Nipah.

The group will offer grants to drug firms stockpiling the vaccines for the diseases.

The Telegraph

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