India, Norway set up body to accelerate research for epidemics
Posted on:04 Feb 2017 09:14:41
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04 February 2017 Current Affairs: India and Norway have founded a Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to accelerate life-saving research and development for epidemics.
Accordingly, CEPI has been founded by governments of India (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Health) and Norway, the Welcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum in collaboration with industry, other governments, foundations regulatory bodies, civil society and the WHO.
The CEPI will prioritise list of diseases against which vaccines are most feasible to overcome barriers for development of vaccines.
With an objective to tackle disease outbreaks due to epidemic-prone diseases, the government has launched Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme which is implemented in all states and UTs.
Besides a network of viral research and diagnostic laboratories has been set up across the country to deal with epidemic of diseases of viral origin.
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