World Health Organization To Set Up COVID-19 vaccine Manufacturing Factory in South Africa
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today announced that the body has concluded plans to set up a technology transfer hub for producing mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa. “Today I am delighted to announce that WHO is in discussions with a consortium of companies and institutions to establish a technology transfer hub in South Africa,” Tedros said a news conference. This would lead to the manufacturing of Vaccines on the African Continent less than a year from Today.
This Move by the WHO will make the Covid19 Vaccine more accessible to African Nations who have found it very difficult to procure the vaccines since distribution started a couple of months ago. President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Muhamadu Buhari of Nigeria have very vocal about how Africa has not been able to get access to the vaccines. Many countries are going through a third and in some cases fourth wave of Covid19, but some African countries are seemingly better off. Access to the vaccine will help curtail the Spread of the dreaded Covid19. President Ramaphosa has hailed the WHO’s plans Saying “Through this initiative we will change the narrative of an Africa that is a center of disease and poor development.”
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