International Vaccine Institute joins the JEE Alliance
The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) joined the JEE Alliance (Alliance for Country Assessments for Global Health Security and IHR Implementation) on November 14, 2017.
The JEE Alliance is a multi-sectoral platform for international cooperation to promote political, financial and technical support for implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005), which was launched in Geneva, Switzerland in May 2016. The alliance brings together like-minded players from relevant sectors in countries, organizations and other stakeholders involved in health security. As of November 2017, the alliance had 65 members including governments, international organizations, financial institutions, NGOs and a group of private sector organizations.
“IVI’s experience in and commitment to health security is a valuable contribution to the JEE Alliance. We look forward to IVI’s active participation in the JEE Alliance initiatives” co-chairs Ambassador Blair Exell and Dr Päivi Sillanaukee of the Alliance said in a letter to IVI.
Dr. Jerome Kim, Director General of IVI, said, “As an organization concerned with the development of vaccines for global health security, we are pleased to join the JEE Alliance and have a chance to promote vaccine R&D and vaccination as a critical component of global health security, and partner with other parties to contribute to health security.”
New member of the GHSA
IVI joined the JEE Alliance soon after becoming a member of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), the action-oriented initiative aimed at advancing a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats in September 2017. In an effort to increase its contributions to global health, IVI expressed its desire to join the GHSA since participating as a technical advisor in the GHSA Steering Group (SG) meeting in Seoul, Korea in July.
“IVI has significant capability to collaborate with countries and organizations worldwide in accelerating the development and delivery of new vaccines for global health, and we have worked in more than 30 countries to study disease burden, and plan, support and conduct vaccine projects,” Dr. Jerome Kim said. “We are committed to the GHSA’s objectives to prevent, detect and promptly respond to infectious disease threats in collaboration with partners in order to ensure global health security.”
About International Health Regulations (2005):
The IHR are an international legal instrument that is binding on 196 countries across the globe, including all the Member States of the World Health Organization. Their aim is to help the international community prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide. The IHR, which entered into force on 15 June 2007, require countries to report certain disease outbreaks and public health events to WHO.
About the GHSA
The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was launched in February 2014 to enhance security from infectious disease threats, to bring together nations worldwide to make new, concrete commitments, and to promote global health security as a national leaders’ priority. The initiative has 50 nations, international organizations and NGOs as members, with the G7 having endorsed the GHSA in June 2014.