World Politics
World Bank launches insurance scheme to fund pandemic responses

The World Bank has launched a global insurance fund aimed aimed at speeding up the international community’s response to pandemic disease outbreaks. The impetus for the innovative financial scheme was the 2013-2016 West Ebola outbreak that, due in part to the global community’s slow response, killed more than 11,000 people and ended up costing more than $10 billion to put down.

Global Health
Gates and partners launch epidemic preparedness initiative

Pandemics beware. Bill Gates is coming for you armed with a new vaccine initiative and $700 million. A global health coalition unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, aims to prevent the next great pandemic. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said that it will help develop vaccines for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)-coronavirus, Lassa and Nipah.

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