Biden’s USAID Launches $125 Million Project DEEP VZN To Find 8,000 to 12,000 New Viruses. Promising more frequent outbreaks.

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PULLMAN, Wash. – To better identify and prevent future pandemics, WSU has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to head up a new five-year, approximately $125 million global project.

The USAID Discovery & Exploration of Emerging Pathogens – Viral Zoonoses, or DEEP VZN project, will build scientific capacity in partner countries to safely detect and characterize unknown viruses which have the potential to spill over from wildlife and domestic animals to human populations.

“To make sure the world is better prepared for these infectious disease events, which are likely to happen more frequently as wild areas become increasingly fragmented, we need to be ready,” said Felix Lankester, lead principal investigator for USAID DEEP VZN and associate professor with WSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Health. “We will work to not only detect viruses but also build capacity in other countries, so the United States can collaborate with them in carrying out this important work.”

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USAID Announces New $125 Million Project To Detect Unknown Viruses With Pandemic Potential
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Discovery & Exploration of Emerging Pathogens – Viral Zoonoses (DEEP VZN)

Federal Grant Opportunity for Discovery & Exploration of Emerging Pathogens – Viral Zoonoses (DEEP VZN) 7200AA21RFA00005. Posted Nov 17, 2020. Due Jun 17, 2021. US Agency for International Development. CFDA 98.001 – USAID Foreign Assistance for Programs Overseas




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