World Well being Group Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus provides an announcement on the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) vaccination, throughout a European Union – African Union summit, in Brussels, Belgium February 18, 2022. Picture by Reuters/Johanna Geron
The World Well being Group mentioned on Wednesday it has arrange a hub in South Korea to coach low- and middle-income international locations to provide their very own vaccines and therapies, and is increasing its Covid-19 vaccine mission to an additional 5 nations.
The brand new coaching hub comes after the U.N. company arrange a expertise switch hub in Cape City, South Africa, final 12 months to offer firms from poor and middle-income international locations the know-how to provide Covid-19 vaccines based mostly on mRNA expertise.
The brand new hub outdoors Seoul will present workforce coaching to all international locations wishing to provide merchandise resembling vaccines, insulin, monoclonal antibodies, WHO Director Basic Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advised a press briefing.
“At present, bio-manufacturing coaching services are positioned primarily in excessive revenue international locations…, placing them out of attain for a lot of decrease revenue international locations,” he mentioned.
The ability in South Korea is already finishing up coaching for firms based mostly within the nation and can now accommodate trainees from different international locations, the WHO mentioned.
The WHO additionally mentioned 5 extra international locations – Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Serbia and Vietnam – will obtain assist from its mRNA expertise switch hub in South Africa.
The international locations have been vetted by a gaggle of consultants and proved to have the capability to maneuver to manufacturing stage comparatively rapidly, the WHO mentioned.
Final week, six African international locations – Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia – signed up as the primary on the continent to obtain the expertise to fabricate mRNA vaccines at scale and in response to worldwide requirements.
On Wednesday, Tedros mentioned that to date 20 international locations had expressed curiosity in getting coaching on creating an mRNA vaccine by the South African hub.
The WHO mentioned it’s at the moment prioritizing international locations that wouldn’t have mRNA expertise however have already got some manufacturing infrastructure and capability.