African Medicines Agency To Be Established In 2022
Host Country Sought For New Body
Enough African countries have now ratified the AMA treaty to allow it to come into force next month.
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The small central African country has been chosen to host the planned African Medicines Agency and is also set to be a key player in medicines and vaccines manufacturing technology on the continent.
Stakeholders are making a concerted effort to get the new agency off the ground, saying it will not only reduce drug approval times but help to drive industrial and economic growth in Africa. The European Medicines Agency is offering to share its experience in regulatory collaboration and network building.