How Africa Can Meet Its Daunting Production Challenge For Critical Disease Vaccines
Africa is taking steps to massively increase its vaccine production capacity and reduce its heavy dependence on other countries for supplies. Muthoni Wanyeki of the Open Society Foundations explained to the Pink Sheet how COVID-19 has highlighted the need for action and why it is important to keep up the momentum achieved so far.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the need for less well-resourced countries to improve access to medicines, vaccines, medical devices and other health products by building their own production capacities.
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.
Enough African countries have now ratified the AMA treaty to allow it to come into force next month.