About the R&D Blueprint
The R&D Blueprint is a global strategy and preparedness plan that allows the rapid activation of R&D activities during epidemics. Its aim is to fast-track the availability of effective tests, vaccines and medicines that can be used to save lives and avert large scale crisis. With WHO as convener, the broad global coalition of experts who have contributed to the Blueprint come from several medical, scientific and regulatory backgrounds. WHO Member States welcomed the development of the Blueprint at the World Health Assembly in May 2016.
How it began
The West Africa Ebola epidemic saw the mobilization of numerous actors globally to find medical technologies to address the disease and save lives. Some of those efforts brought results, such as the VSV-EBOV vaccine, which so far has shown to be highly effective, while others showed large gaps in the way the global scientific and R&D community organises itself during an epidemic. The Blueprint coalition has considered those lessons gained and has developed a plan that leverages the successes and addresses the gaps so that next time the world can be prepared.
How does the Blueprint work?
The R&D Blueprint works on the basis of a list of identified priority diseases. For each disease an R&D roadmap is created, followed by target product profiles.