Last week, a virtual event organized by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research attracted government officials and technical experts to find the best ways to accelerate the development and availability of vaccines.
While COVID-19 loomed over the event, the development discussed was actually about future pandemic threats. Alongside the Munich Security Conference, the organizers welcomed nine government officials and nine experts in total for a forum and exercise that, among other things, put equitable access at the forefront.
Other important wishes included guarantees of sustainable, accessible and appropriate financing, as well as building development and manufacturing capacity before the disaster so as not to face the same bottlenecks and supply chain problems that have plagued the current pandemic.
Participants started with a fictional tabletop scenario designed to push vaccine visions in the shortest possible time. This was followed by a panel discussion on measures.
The event was organized as part of Germany’s G7 Presidency and included as an official side event of the Munich Security Conference 2022. As such, access was restricted to certain people.