Sam McConkey is Head of the Department of International Health & Tropical Medicine at Royal College of Surgeons. He’s also Director of the European Vaccine Initiative (EVI), an organisation whose objective is “to spearhead global vaccine development efforts”. From 2010 to 2016 he was a member of the Special Advisory Committee of EVI.
EVI’s donors include CEPI. Other major donors are the EU and the World Health Organisation. In July 2020, McConkey said in relation to EVI that “we are involved in seeking funding for some Phase 2 trials and Phase 3 trials and staff” for Covid-19 vaccine candidates.