Nigeria considered for vaccine production hub

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The Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that the Organisation is working with the European Union and other partners to help create regional vaccine manufacturing hubs with Nigeria.

Director-General WTO, also said on Monday during a virtual meeting that South Africa, Senegal and Rwanda are also being considered.

She said, “we have now seen that over-centralization of vaccine production capacity is incompatible with equitable access in a crisis situation.’’

“Regional production hubs, in tandem with open supply chains, offer a more promising path to preparedness for future health crisis.’’

On Monday, the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) Independent Task Team on Equitable and Universal Access to Vaccines and Vaccination in Africa launched in Nigeria.

The launch, which held on Monday at the Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital (IUTH), Okada Town, Edo State, had in attendance medical experts, researchers and policymakers from nations across the continent of Africa.

CoDA is an initiative of the Africa Union created to discuss and begin the process of vaccine development and distribution within the African continent.

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