A vaccine against COVID-19 is vital to cease the pandemic and to shop lives and livelihoods. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is enjoying an essential function in funding and rushing up the improvement of COVID-19 vaccine candidates on a world basis. That is why Nestlé has these days introduced that it will guide CEPI’s efforts with a donation of CHF 1 million (US $1.03 million).
CEPI is working shortly and collaboratively with the ambition to increase a safe, high quality and globally handy COVID-19 vaccine inside a 12-18-month timeframe. They have already raised over US $1 billion from governments, private donors and individuals round the world but want further funding to attain their aim of US $2 billon to enable their COVID-19 programmes to proceed at pace.
Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestlé, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of pain and trouble in communities round the world. A secure and effective vaccine will be wished to return to normality. That is why it used to be vital to us to get on board when CEPI issued their call. We hope others will be part of us and help this essential mission.”
CEPI is an modern world partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil society corporations launched in Davos in 2017 to boost vaccines to cease future epidemics.
Dr Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI, said: "It will take a enormous effort to handle this virus, however through international cooperation and monetary contributions towards the COVID-19 response, corporations can play their phase in assisting to alternate the route of this devastating pandemic.
We are grateful for Nestlé’s leadership in supporting our efforts to swiftly develop a safe, effective and globally handy vaccine towards COVID-19. At this pivotal moment in time, we name on different agencies to observe Nestlé’s initiative and grant the crucial aid necessary to get our lives, society and economies again on track.”
Nestlé would like to thank Economiesuisse and the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, who are supporting CEPI’s donation power in Switzerland.
Read extra on Nestlé’s response to COVID-19.