YBhg. Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Secretary General of MOSTI, and Dr. Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI
Malaysia has today announced funding of US$ 3 million to CEPI to help support CEPI’s work to advance the development of vaccines against emerging epidemic threats. As the COVID-19 shows, global collaboration is critical to quickly and effectively responding to the current pandemic and to future outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases.
The financial commitment, which will be provided through Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) over the next three-year period (2021-2023), was announced today at a virtual signing ceremony attended by YBhg. Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Secretary General of MOSTI, and Dr. Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI.
Chief Executive Officer, CEPI
Secretary General of Ministry Of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia
Attendees of the signing ceremony at MOSTI headquarters
The Government of Malaysia joins a growing body of global partners coming together to accelerate the development against emerging infectious diseases. In addition to COVID-19, Malaysia’s financial contribution will support CEPI’s programmes focussed on advancing vaccine candidates against its priority diseases with epidemic potential including Chikungunya, Ebola, Lassa fever, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Nipah, Rift Valley fever. The funding will also further CEPI’s investments in platform technologies – novel innovations with the aim of quickly speeding up the development of vaccines to rapidly respond to future outbreaks of known and unknown emerging disease threats (known as ‘Disease X’).
Malaysia also last week joined COVAX, a global initiative co-led by CEPI, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the World Health Organization (WHO), working to ensure the globally fair allocation of 2 billion doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021 to end the acute phase of the pandemic.
With the UK and Norway working as COVAX partners and established coalition members within CEPI, H.E. Mr. Charles Hay, High Commissioner of the British High Commission, and H.E. Ms. Gunn Jorid Roset, Ambassador of Royal Norwegian Embassy in Malaysia, were also in attendance at the virtual signing ceremony to discuss the new partnership.
British High Commissioner
Ambassador of Royal Norwegian Embassy to Malaysia