DR. NGOZI LISTS NIGERIA AND SOUTH AFRICA AMONG NATIONS CONSIDERED BY AFRICA IN CONJUNCTION WITH EUROPEAN UNION TO CREATE REGIONAL VACCINE.
Written by miebaka ikiriko on June 23, 2021
The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has listed Nigeria and South Africa among nations being considered by Africa, in conjunction with the European Union and other partners, to create regional vaccine manufacturing hubs on the continent.
Others are Senegal and Rwanda.
Speaking during a virtual meeting, Okonjo-Iweala stated that regional production hubs would offer a more promising path to preparedness for a future health crisis.
She said over centralization of vaccine production capacity is incompatible with equitable access in a crisis situation.
She also stated that regional production hubs, in tandem with open supply chains, offer a more promising path to preparedness for future health crisis.
Rwandan President, Mr. Paul Kagame also confirmed that Senegal, Rwanda and South Africa were in talks with investors to start the production of COVID-19 vaccine in Afica.