Zoonoses Anticipation and Preparedness Initiative (ZAPI)

ZAPI aims to shorten the time to adequately respond to emerging infectious diseases using a One Health approach. The project will yield platforms for the rapid identification and production of viral domains that can be used as veterinary vaccines and will yield platforms for the rapid development, selection and production of protective antibodies to protect the human population. The project will not only aim at rapid development of these products, but also ensure fast track registration and implementation of the control tools as soon as possible after pathogen emergence.

ZAPI focus on three priority pathogens:
•Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV)
•Schmallenberg virus (SBV)
•Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

Specific major aims of ZAPI:
•Platforms that are suitable for rapid surge production of vaccines
•Platforms that allow the rapid identification and production of
antibodies capable of neutralizing emerging viruses
•Development of release assays that do not make use of animals
•Development of protocols for fast-track registration of developed

The project brings together 20 European partners from academia, industry and regulatory specialists with a budget of over 20 m€ and will have a duration of 5 years.

More information:
Vector Borne Diseases
Rift Valley Fever Virus
Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)