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Australia's foreign minister reaffirms commitment to action with US on regional health security

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has reiterated Australia’s commitment to health security with the US in the Indo-Pacific. Speaking at the United States Studies Centre Event in Washington DC, she said the two countries were committed to advancing implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda pursued by the United States and the Health Security Initiative for the Indo- Pacific undertaken by Australia. 

Health security was one of four key shared initiatives discussed during  the AUSMIN (Australia-USA Ministerial) Meeting in 2018. Australia and the US were working together to help build health security workforces in regional nations  to provide capacity to detect and respond to emerging infectious disease outbreaks.

Press release - DFAT

UK commits additional funding to Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations

The UK's Department for International Development has announced  it will give an additional £10 million (US$13.4 million) of funding to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to support the search for vaccines against infectious diseases. CEPI is an innovative global partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil society organizations working to accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases and was formed in response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The £10 million funding comes in addition to the UK’s investment of £120 million (US$161 million) in the UK Vaccine Network (UKVN), which works with CEPI.

Press release - DFID

Norway's government platform continues to focus development cooperation on health and increases attention towards food security

The Norwegian Conservative Party, Liberal Party, Christian Democratic Party, and the Progress have agreed on the 'Granavolden Platform', to be presented to Parliament on January 29, 2019. The platform commits that 1% of gross national income (GNI) will be spent on official development assistance (ODA).

Norway will continue to strengthen its efforts within global health, especially vaccination, child health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Norway will increase its efforts related to food security and climate smart agriculture. 

Government's political platform  - Liberal Party (in Norwegian)

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne announces A$4.5 million for vaccine development

Marise Payne, foreign affairs minister of Australia, has announced a new contribution of official development assistance (ODA) to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) for vaccine development to fight infectious diseases.

The A$4.5 million (US$3.3 million) contribution is additional to a A$2 million (US$1.5 million) contribution financed by the Medical Research Future Fund in 2017. The new contribution comes from the Australian government's A$300 million (US$223 million) Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific.

Media release - DFAT

EU advances plans for next R&D spending program with 'trilogue' discussion

EU discussions continue on defining sector-specific details for Horizon Europe, the proposed 2021-2027 EU research and innovation program. Negotiators from the EU Council and European Parliament meet this week for the opening 'trilogue' discussion to agree on how money will be spent. While the Parliament has set its stance on Horizon Europe, the Council has only partly agreed on an official position. Agreement on the rest is expected to take place during the EU Competitiveness Council meeting in February 2019.

According to a draft agenda for this week’s trilogue, five issues will kick off the discussion: the structure of the program; defense research; widening participation measures to improve participation of newer EU countries; ensuring open access to research results; and ethics.

Draft document – Politico EU

Japanese pharmaceutical companies and antibiotic research body announce partnership to tackle AMR

Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturing company Eisai Co. Ltd. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited signed an agreement with Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) to allow access to components of Eisai and Takeda’s chemical libraries. By screening the companies' libraries, GARDP aims to identify compounds which can contribute to new drug discovery that will support the fight against anti-microbial resistance (AMR).

News article - MIX Online (in Japanese)

Press release - GARDP

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Council agrees on next multi-year EU research program

The Council of the EU has agreed on a partial general approach for Horizon Europe, the next EU framework program on research and innovation, for 2021-2027. The program includes three main pillars: Excellent science, supporting basic science to strengthen scientific leadership; Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness, addressing societal challenges and industrial technologies in areas such as health, security, digital and key enabling technologies, climate, energy, mobility, food, and natural resources; and Innovative Europe, for scaling up breakthrough and disruptive innovation by establishing a European Innovation Council. The latter will offer a “one-stop-shop” for high-potential innovators.

A cross-cutting section will improve the program's delivery for widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area and includes measures to support member states in making the most of their national research and innovation potential.

Press release – EU

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Norway approves 2019 ODA budget

The Norwegian government has approved the budget for official development assistance (ODA) for 2019 at NOK37.8 billion (US$4.5 billion). The Christian Democratic Party has supported the government's ODA budget after reshuffling NOK 232 million (US$28 million), focusing on long-term development by strengthening  funding for food security, agriculture, Africa, and civil society. This includes an increase of NOK14 million (US$2 million) to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and GAVI, the Vaccine alliance.

Norway's planned global health commitments for 2019 are NOK 3.2 billion (US$39 million). 

Budget document - Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

EU Council publishes regulation for EU research 2021-2027

Following a European Parliament report on the subject, the Council of the European Union has published a Partial General Approach on the regulation establishing Horizon Europe. The document elevates poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRNDs) from their status as a line of activity in the previous draft to an intervention-level topic under the health cluster. At the same time, the Council supported the budget for research proposed by the European Commission (US$104 billion overall and US$8.5 billion for health), which is lower than the European Parliament sought but remains an increase over the current EU research budget.

The future of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP) is not addressed in the document, as discussions continue on whether and what legal form a successor program might take.

Document - EU

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AMR Alliance Japan launched

The Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI), together with eight medical academic societies, government representatives, a Japanese civil society organization, and a number of pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies, have launched a domestic alliance to tackle the challenge of anti-microbial resistance (AMR).

The alliance, AMR Alliance Japan, will gather stakeholders from academia, government, the private sector, and civil society. It is tasked with progressing a number of domestic initiatives aimed at controlling AMR. 

Press release - HGPI