Innovative vaccine manufacturers and biotech companies are at the forefront of the global effort to develop and manufacture COVID-19 vaccines. Despite a massive effort to scale up and produce billions of vaccine doses, COVID-19 vaccines currently are not equally reaching all priority populations worldwide. The innovative vaccine manufacturers and biotech companies have supported fair and equitable access to vaccines from the outset of the pandemic, as full and active partners in the ACT-Accelerator. In this spirit, these companies represented by seven industry bodies announced on 19 May 2021 the “Five steps to urgently advance COVID-19 vaccine equity”. Innovative vaccine manufacturers and biotech companies commit in these five steps to working with governments and non-governmental organizations including COVAX, CEPI, and WTO to support stepping up dose sharing, continue efforts to optimize production, call out trade barriers to be eliminated, support country readiness, and continue driving innovation.
Innovative vaccine manufacturers and biotech companies are at the forefront of the global effort to develop and manufacture COVID-19 vaccines. This massive effort is succeeding. After more than 200 clinical trials and nearly 300 partnerships and collaborations among manufacturers worldwide, production has increased, in just a few months from zero to 2.2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of May with an astounding estimate of 11 billion doses by the end of 2021 (Airfinity data here). This will be enough doses to vaccinate the world’s adult population.
Critically, however, COVID-19 vaccines currently are not equally reaching all priority populations worldwide.
Manufacturers, governments, and non-governmental organizations must work together to take urgent steps to further address this inequity. Immediate action must focus on stepping up responsible dose sharing and maximizing production without compromising quality or safety.
To do so, ABPI, The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), The International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA), The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and Vaccines Europe on behalf of innovative vaccine manufacturers and biotech companies commit to:
STEP UP DOSE SHARING:
Immediately work with governments that have significant domestic supplies of COVID-19 vaccine doses to share see more…