IVI in the Media

South China Morning Post | The latest coronavirus boosters target Omicron. Are they safe and effective?

Financial News | IVI Director General Jerome Kim: ‘Bill Gates a strong advocate of IVI’

South China Morning Post | Scientists urge people to take second Covid vaccine booster if offered as Omicron continues to spread

Financial Times | Unvaccinated and unprepared, North Korea faces Covid catastrophe

Chosun Ilbo | Jerome Kim, Director General of International Vaccine Institute, named a distinguished professor at Seoul National University

Financial Times | South Korea downgrades Covid to a ‘Class 2’ disease and removes restrictions

South China Morning Post | China was the world’s biggest Covid-19 vaccine exporter. Not any more

The Wall Street Journal | Despite High Covid-19 Case Counts, Asian Nations Learn to Live With the Virus

Barron’s | China Eases Some Covid Testing Rules. It’s a Targeted Approach to Reduce Impact on the Economy.

CNBC | We need to treat Covid as an endemic pathogen and update vaccines: International Vaccine Institute

Financial Times | Beijing digs in to avoid repeating Hong Kong’s Covid mistakes

The Telegraph | Why China and Hong Kong face a devastating new Covid wave

CGTN | Why is China seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases?

Financial Times | Shanghai teeters on the brink of Covid lockdown

ADB Insight | Year of the Vaccine: The Next Steps for Asia and the Pacific to Combat COVID-19

Fortune | Will we all need fourth COVID vaccine booster shots?

The Telegraph | South Korea abandons its successful test and trace system as omicron cases surge

South China Morning Post | Can China’s home-grown mRNA Covid-19 vaccine pass its final tests?

The Guardian | Cuba leads the world in vaccinating children as young as two against Covid

The Telegraph | Vaccine hesitancy among Taiwan’s elderly mars its pandemic performance and prevents reopening

Director General Jerome Kim on The Alex Salmond Show

South China Morning Post | Which vaccines stop Omicron? Search for data moves from labs to real world

CNBC | 2022 will be the ‘year of vaccination,’ says director of vaccine institute

South China Morning Post | As Omicron upends Covid-19 vaccine targets, what will the future look like?

South China Morning Post | Omicron and the Winter Olympics – is China’s zero-Covid strategy up to the challenges?

CBS Mornings | With Omicron on its doorstep, countries in Asia are closing up

National Geographic | Omicron is dodging the immune system—but boosters show promising signs

Khaleej Times | Covid: 96% of people in low-income nations have yet to receive first vaccine dose, says expert

Voice of America | South Korea Showed How to Contain COVID, Now It Will Try to Live With It

China Daily | Experts say countries should remain cautious about reopening borders

South China Morning Post | Next Covid-19 test? Diagnostic blind spots stir visions of bleak midwinter

South China Morning Post | US-China coronavirus vaccine diplomacy heats up but can donations sway allegiances?

The New York Times | How Asia, Once a Vaccination Laggard, Is Revving Up Inoculations

South China Morning Post | Coronavirus: as rich countries turn to big-name booster shots from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, the poor are left with lesser-known rivals like Abdala, Soberana 2

South China Morning Post | Coronavirus: China seeks to develop next-gen vaccines amid trial complications

South China Morning Post | Can China stay ahead as a leading exporter of Covid-19 vaccines?

Maeil Business Newspaper | All music is beautiful in its own way, but Violinist Sang Hee Lee’s music shines a special light

Nature | Six months of COVID vaccines: what 1.7 billion doses have taught scientists

Asian Boss | We Asked Top Vaccine Expert About COVID Vaccine Problems

Bloomberg | Consequences of ‘Huge’ Global Gap in Vaccinations

EIU Perspectives | What does Denmark’s permanent suspension of both the AstraZeneca and Janssen covid-19 vaccines mean for other countries?

Asia Times | Vaccinations in a race against viral variants

Nature | Why COVID vaccines are so difficult to compare

DEVEX | Opinion: COVAX — too big, and too important, to fail

CNN | “Our response needs to be clear, strong, and unified”

South China Morning Post | Coronavirus vaccines will save 2021? Not so fast, here’s what the experts think

Bloomberg | Will the Covid-19 Vaccines Be Effective and Safe?

Asian Boss | Update On COVID-19 Vaccine Price & Schedule From A Leading Vaccine Expert

The Telegraph | ‘If you are not prepared, the virus has found every weakness’: How countries in Asia tamed Covid-19

CGTN | ‘The vaccine itself is not the silver bullet,’ says International Vaccine Institute

Devex | Q&A: Why Jerome Kim is ‘hopeful’ but cautious about distributing a COVID-19 vaccine

Maeil Business Newspaper | IVI Director General Jerome Kim Shares His Thoughts on Resurgence of COVID-19 Outbreaks in S. Korea

Chosun Ilbo | IVI Director General Jerome Kim Shares His Thoughts on Equitable Access of COVID-19 Vaccines

Channel News Asia | On a fast track like never before: The COVID-19 vaccine effort and 5 vital questions

The Economist’s Future of Healthcare Insight Hour | Vaccine development: A race to the finish line

Devex | Q&A: Is COVID-19 helping or hindering progress toward an HIV vaccine?

TED | The trials, tribulations and timeline of a COVID-19 vaccine

Wired Korea | The End of World War C: Peace without Victory?

Asian Boss | World’s Leading Vaccine Expert Fact-Checks COVID-19 Vaccine Conspiracy

Development Today | Why Sweden funds a vaccine institute in Korea and not Oslo-based CEPI

CNBC | Parts of Asia that relaxed restrictions without a resurgence in coronavirus cases did these three things

The Korea Herald | [Herald Interview] ‘Making vaccines accessible is biggest COVID-19 challenge’

CGTN: The Agenda with Stephen Cole | Speed of vaccine trials is ‘unprecedented’

Asian Boss | We Asked The World’s Leading Vaccine Expert About COVID-19 Vaccine

The Guardian | Test, trace, contain: how South Korea flattened its coronavirus curve

BBC World Service: The Inquiry | How do we come out of the lockdown? (13:00)

ANC 24/7 | Int’l Vaccine Institute: 12-18 months reasonable timetable for development of Covid-19 vaccine

Seeker | How Fast Can We Make a Coronavirus Vaccine?

Education City Speaker Series: Flattening the Curve – Global Responses to COVID-19

Wion News | About 70% of vaccines used around the world are made in India: S Korean expert Dr Jerome Kim

South China Morning Post | How long will a coronavirus vaccine take? A Q&A with Jerome Kim, head of the International Vaccine Institute

BBC World News | Jerome Kim: Vaccines are the long-term solution to the pandemic

The Korea Times | Developing vaccine against COVID-19

TRT: Bigger than Five | COVID-19: The World Reacts

South Korea’s fight against coronavirus (CBS News)

NDTV | Top South Korea Doctor On Why He Thinks Coronavirus Is Not A ‘Chinese Virus’

RTE | What South Korea can teach Ireland about fighting Covid-19

Physical distancing should last months, not weeks, says epidemiologist (Yahoo News Canada)

Development of vaccine requires massive investment… international cooperation is needed (Korea Economic Daily)

COVID-19 Pandemic (Arirang TV, 22:50~46:00)

By then, we’ll have a vaccine on our side (Hankyoreh—Korean)

Coronavirus Pandemic: International Vaccine Institute director on how long it will take to develop vaccine (CGTN)

Testing times: Why South Korea’s COVID-19 strategy is working (Al Jazeera English)

Genexine seeks to compress the vaccine timeline

Genexine, Binex to develop COVID-19 vaccine (Korea Biomedical Review)

Genexine, Binex to co-develop coronavirus vaccine GX-19 (Korea Herald)

How close are we to a COVID-19 vaccine? Jerome H. Kim from International Vaccine Institute (Arirang News)

COVID-19 vaccine, drugs on fast track for development: IVI chief (Yonhap News)

Inside the race to find a coronavirus vaccine (Devex)

Chinese students keen for turnaround (China Daily)

China Daily | S. Korea can try out makeshift hospitals, experts say

Director General Jerome Kim for Phoenix TV

Speed and accuracy vital for COVID-19 test kits (Arirang News)

2020 COVID-19 Live Updates: Jerome Kim for tbs eFM

Jerome Kim for KBS WORLD Radio, Korea24 on the COVID-19 outbreak in South Korea

Korea should join efforts in vaccine development to prevent pandemics (JoongAng Ilbo)

Future global health threats

IVI: COVID-19 could linger (Korean)

Jerome Kim for Korea, Factual: “Hong Kong’s handling of COVID-19 outbreak & Prospects of vaccine development”

Concerns about the spread of COVID-19: When will a vaccine be developed? When can we expect the “Super Vaccine”?

Al Jazeera English | Scientists call for global cooperation over coronavirus

When will COVID-19 vaccine be commercialized…And “super vaccine”? (Korean)

Global push to find vaccine against devastating bug growing

IVI receives $15.7 million to conduct Ph III trials of typhoid vaccine

Korean vaccines expanding global territory

Neglected Victims of Neglected Diseases

Let’s build a common defense against epidemics

Vaccine investment brings 16-fold return… partnering with Bill Gates

World must join forces to prevent infectious diseases

IVI editorial in The Korea Herald advocates for Korean leadership for global health


How to Attract International Organizations and Make Success

2014-06-12 00:00
The Korean Support Committee for IVI’s (KSC) President Prof. Cho Dong Sung’s op-ed piece that widely addresses IVI was published recently in The Hankook Ilbo. The Hankook Ilbo is one of the leading general dailies in Korea, and Prof. Cho is a regular contributor to the newspaper. He calls on Korea to attract more international organizations, while emphasizing the need to ensure the success of existing international organizations based in the country.  
The KSC is a nonprofit organization based in Seoul, Korea that mobilizes local support for IVI. As IVI is the first International Organization to be hosted by Korea, many Koreans are committed to supporting IVI and its aim of fighting disease and poverty in the developing world through vaccines. The KSC consists of about 70 prominent leaders from government, industry and academia in Korea who volunteer their time to support IVI. To learn more about the KSC please click here (Korean only): http://www.ivisupport.or.kr/
The original Korean version is can be found here: http://www.hankookilbo.com/m/v/51c9cbc6d2224f2bba56d352996569ca
How to Attract International Organizations and Make Success



The Hankook Ilbo

May 20, 2014

by Cho Dong-Sung, Emeritus Prof. of Seoul National University, President of Korea Support Committee for IVI


When the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) was hosted by Korea in 1997, the country was a backwater of international organizations. Six nations including China, Thailand and Singapore engaged in competition to become host to IVI. The Korean government, namely the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, closely collaborated with the private sector with Seoul National University as the focal point to successfully host the Institute, opening a new chapter in the history of international organizations in Korea. Thirteen years later, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) was inaugurated in Seoul as the second international organization based in Korea, while the Green Climate Fund (GCF) opened its secretariat in Incheon to become the third international organization based in the nation. Korea has thus emerged as a major player as host to global bodies.


IVI has been conducting noble humanitarian mission to protect children from infectious diseases through the development and introduction of new vaccines. The cholera vaccine developed by IVI has been immunized in more than 450,000 people, and is being used in cholera-affected regions of the world. IVI also developed a new candidate vaccine against typhoid fever and a novel vaccine delivery method: under the tongue. By conducting clinical trials and demonstration projects, the Institute is endeavoring to help save 4.4 million children under age 5 yearly, who are dying due to infectious diseases.


Through international organizations hosted by Korea, we can put into practice volunteering and sharing to achieve peace and prosperity of humanity. To this end, we should proactively attract more international organizations, and help those based in Korea to successfully take root and continue their strides.


The first requirement for international organizations hosted by Korea to succeed is to secure adequate and stable financial resources. IVI has received support from Sweden, one of the world’s largest donor nations, since the early days after its establishment.  The business community in Korea and elsewhere, including pharmaceutical companies and conglomerates, and research organizations are also providing generous support to IVI. The Korea Support Committee for IVI is making far-reaching efforts to help diversify IVI’s funding base as well. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropy, has donated about US$150 million to IVI over the years, enabling the Institute to develop new cholera vaccine and typhoid candidate vaccine.

The second condition for success of international organizations is networking. International organizations hosted by Korea can maximize the effectiveness of international aid by cooperating with renowned organizations with strong influence in official development assistance. At the same time, they can expand its contributions to the international community through cooperation with world leaders such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. For instance, the World Health Organization prepared a stockpile with the cholera vaccine developed by IVI, and the stockpile is being deployed to immunize 140,000 refugees in South Sudan.


The third is close collaborations with the Korean society. Koreans should welcome expats working at international organizations as friends, and give adequate consideration and support in child education and medical service to ensure that they would not feel inconvenience living here. By so doing, Korea should provide them with favorable working conditions, so that they can focus on their mission while regarding this country as their second motherland.




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More than 32,000 international organizations are operating worldwide. Starting with IVI, GGGI and GCF, Korea must attract more international organizations. For that to happen, Korea should provide the necessary assistance to ensure that the international organizations that Korea already hosted despite obstacles can successfully consolidate their foothold in Korea and continue to develop. To make it happen, the government should provide unwavering support while the private sector should also extend strong endorsement. In order for Korea to host more international organizations, and for those global bodies in Korea to emerge as success models, the entire Korean population should extend warm attention.