CEPI awards contract worth up to US$12.5 million to consortium led by Wageningen Bioveterinary Research to develop a human vaccine against Rift Valley fever

Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR), part of Wageningen University & Research, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) have announced a new partnering agreement. With support from the European Union’s (EU’s) Horizon 2020 programme, CEPI will provide up to US$12.5 million for vaccine manufacturing, preclinical research, and a phase 1 study to assess the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of a single-dose vaccine candidate (RVFV-4s) against Rift Valley fever virus for use in humans.

About the Vaccine Development Consortium

WBVR will lead the preclinical safety and efficacy evaluation of RVFV-4s vaccine candidate; BunyaVax BV will provide the vaccine technology, undertake project management and enabling science; IDT Biologika GmbH will manufacture the vaccine; TiHo RIZ, University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation, Research Centre for Emerging Infections and Zoonoses will undertake studies to establish correlates of protection. CR2O BV will coordinate the clinical trial; CEVAC Clinical Trial Unit of Ghent University Hospital will implement and sponsor the clinical trial; and CEVAC Immunomonitoring Laboratory of Ghent University will handle biological material.

The official CEPI and WBVR Press Release can be found here.

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