12 May 2020

Introducing COVID-Zero coalition – How can business help eradicate the pandemic?

Cicero/AMO and the Wellcome Trust are hosting a webinar introducing the COVID-Zero coalition, a global initiative working to stop the COVID-19 pandemic by funding critical research into vaccines, treatments and testing.

The session will introduce experts from Wellcome to discuss the global research effort they are leading alongside partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and CEPI, the epidemic vaccine development fund.

Contributors will review the progress of current vaccine trials and potential treatments, and the steps that businesses can take to support this vital work through donations and advocacy. Businesses and corporate foundations have already contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to this research, helping to close an initial $8 billion funding gap. Another $2bn still needs to be raised.

Places for this call are limited, so please register for the session here.

Full details can be found below:


  • Dame Cilla Snowball, former Group Chairman and Group CEO of AMV BDDO, and a Wellcome Governor
  • Dr Charlie Weller, Head of Vaccines at Wellcome
  • Dr Nick Cammack, COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Lead at Wellcome
  • Mark Henderson, Director of Communications at Wellcome

Date: Tuesday 12 May
Time: 09:00 – 10:00 BST
Register: Sign up here

COVID-Zero is a coalition of organisations who want to achieve zero lockdowns, zero disruption and more lives saved as soon as possible. It aims to put into action a science-based plan that will save lives and restore societies and economies to health sooner than anything else.

More information on COVID-Zero can be found here with more details of the therapeutics accelerator here