Authorities and Responsibilities - CEPI

Q.  Which of the following is/are true regarding Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI)?

1) Currently the highest decision making body of CEPI is the Interim Board.
2) The scientific input to the Board is provided by a Scientific Advisory Council (SAC).

- Published on 20 Dec 16

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

ANSWER: Both 1 and 2
The Second Meeting of the Interim Board of CEPI at New Delhi was attended by Board members from countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, South and North America as well as civil society organizations including Medecins Sans Frontiers as well as the World Health Organization.

The structure of CEPI was laid on August 31, 2016 in London and there is an interim Board currently chaired by Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary DBT.

It is the highest decision making body of CEPI, and has supreme decision-making authority for all funding, policy, and product development aspects of CEPI’s operations.

The scientific input to the Board is provided by a Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) where Indian scientists are members and the joint coordinating group (JCG) is the co-ordination mechanism between CEPI and stakeholders including the vaccine companies.

CEPI is currently being steered by five founding partners. They are: Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, GOI; Government of Norway; Wellcome Trust; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and World Economic Forum.

India’s participation in CEPI would provide the opportunity to leverage vaccine development capacities in India, access to vaccines as and when needed, and protection of our population and boost our ability to have a competitive vaccine industry.

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