In the last 10 years when the deadly Ebola virus was spreading, experts realized the
vaccine was taking too long to develop. What would happen when new germs started
spreading and causing serious problems? Agencies and other groups around the world
started planning ways to make new vaccines more quickly.
When facing the COVID-19 pandemic, many groups decided to work together to fight it.
Scientists shared information, such as the genome for the virus. Groups of experts
worked together to share data, raise money, and figure out the best ways to fight
virus. These groups included:
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- European Commission
- UK Government Vaccines Taskforce (VTF)
- United Nations (193 countries)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator
- Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
- Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance
In the U.S., a special Department of Defense (DoD) program called Operation Warp Speed
(OWS) was created to help get COVID-19 vaccines ready quickly. OWS is a partnership
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the DoD, and many medical research
These groups agreed to work together closely to communicate and move through a process
to develop safe COVID-19 vaccines more quickly.