In January of 2020, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein initiated an intensive outreach and effort to mobilize funding for the development of a vaccine for COVID-19. The ministers have been in direct contact with numerous heads of state and government to raise the funding needed for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). The Norwegian government has expressed hope to have a vaccine available in 12 to 18 months.
Several countries are now supporting Norway’s funding call, but the goal of US$ 1 billion has yet to be reached. Among the top donors are Germany, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.