South African President Cyril Ramafosa says the initiative to boost vaccine availability “will put Africa on the path to self-determination”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it is creating a node Granting know-how to COVID-19 vaccines to companies in poor and middle-income countries in South Africa, which President Cyril Ramafosa called a historic step in spreading rescue technology.
The “technical transfer hub” could enable African companies to start producing mRNA vaccines. The advanced technology now used by Pfizer-BioNTech և Moderna staff in nine to 12 months.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adanom Gebreusus made the announcement in a bid to boost the availability of vaccines in the African continent, where coronavirus infections and deaths rose by almost 40 percent last week.
“I am pleased to announce today that the WTO is in talks with a consortium of companies and institutions to establish a technology transfer center in South Africa,” Tedros told a news conference in Geneva on Monday.
“The consortium includes Afrigen Biologics & Vaccines, a company that will act as a hub for ‘mRNA vaccine production,’ training the Biovac manufacturer. ‘
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WHO Chief Scientist Sumya Swaminathan said that there are several options on the table, mainly smaller companies – biotechnologies, adding: “We are also in discussions with larger mRNA companies, we hope they will have a large number.”
Pfizer և BioNTech, together with Moderna, are the leading manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines using mRNA technology.
“We could see vaccines being produced in Africa and South Africa in nine to 12 months,” Swaminathan said.
“Change the history of Africa”
Ramafosa said the initiative “will change the history of Africa, which is a hotbed of disease.”
“This significant initiative is a major step forward in international efforts to develop vaccines and build production capacity, which will put Africa on the path to self-determination,” he said.
The President of South Africa, referring to the negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) on his proposal renounce intellectual property About COVID-19 vaccines. “Today is a historic day, we see it as a step in the right direction, but it does not distract us from our initial proposal from India ավային South Africa that we should look at TRIP’s waiver at the WTO. »
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The president of South Africa said that many people in developing countries “are still struggling to access the billions of vaccines they have made in the North.”
He said the unequal distribution of vaccines was unfair, describing people living in rich countries as “more valuable than living in poorer countries”.
On Monday, the head of the WHO, Dr. Michael Ryan, said that the UN health agency would follow up on the decision of the Japanese Olympic authorities on Monday. allow the participation of internal fans summer games.
Ryan noted that Japan’s recent COVID-19 rates were lower than in many other countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, France and the Netherlands.