SA teams up with France and WHO for vaccine skills transfer


In a move to improve Africa’s ability to produce vaccines, Pres Cyril Ramaphosa, French President Emmanuel Macron and WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that a technology hub to transfer skills to local manufacturers will be set up in SA.

The hub will be the first on the continent using messenger RNA, or mRNA to make vaccines since the outbreak of Covid-19, reported Business Day (21 June 2021).

The initiative would produce vaccines for the whole continent, Ramaphosa said. He also repeated the call for pharmaceutical companies to temporarily waive their intellectual property rights in the development of Covid-19 vaccines and share their technology.

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