The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) has welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment of A$100 million over five years to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to help tackle current and future pandemics.
“A $100 million commitment to CEPI will save lives and help us prepare for future pandemics. This is a very welcome decision,” said Marc Purcell, CEO of ACFID.
“This will help fuel the global effort to hasten the end of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and will also help facilitate more equitable access to lifesaving vaccines, especially in developing countries with remote populations,” said Purcell.
“We hope this amount will be added to the existing aid package.”
CEPI has now raised over $1.5 billion from countries including Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and Nigeria.
Launched in Davos in 2017, CEPI is a global partnership bringing together public, private, philanthropic and civil society organizations working to accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infections and to enable equitable access to these vaccines.
The announcement follows a letter to the Prime Minister co-signed by the Australian Council for International Development calling for greater Australian government investment in addressing vaccine inequity, vaccine hesitancy and pandemic preparedness. .
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