UK pledges £210m to CEPI for Covid-19 vaccine development

Allie Nawrat 27 March 2020 (Last Updated March 27th, 2020 11:44)

Non-profit the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has received £210m from the UK Government to support efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine. This builds upon the £50m previously provided by the UK to CEPI.

The UK's £210m contribution marks the largest contribution by any country to CEPI’s call for £2bn of Covid-19 funding.

The non-profit’s CEO Richard Hatchett said: “CEPI is extremely grateful for this substantial contribution from the UK Government.

“This decisive action and financial support from the UK Government comes at a pivotal moment for a world that is in crisis.

“The UK has a long history of global health leadership and, today, the UK is once again stepping up as a global leader in its support CEPI and our crucial work to accelerate the development of a vaccine against COVID-19."

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “While our brilliant doctors and nurses fight coronavirus at home, this record British funding will help to find a vaccine for the entire world.”

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