WHO to provide expertise in Covid mRNA vaccine production to Bangladesh
After South Korea, the World Health Organization (WHO) is expanding its Covid-19 vaccine project to five countries, including Bangladesh.
It has set up a center in South Korea to train low- and middle-income countries to produce their own vaccines and therapies, the WHO said on Wednesday.
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The new training center comes after the UN agency set up a technology transfer center in Cape Town, South Africa last year to give businesses in poor and middle-income countries the know-how do necessary to produce Covid-19 vaccines based on mRNA technology.
The other four countries that will receive support from its mRNA technology transfer center in South Africa in addition to Bangladesh are Indonesia, Pakistan, Serbia and Vietnam.
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The new hub will provide manpower training to all countries wishing to produce products such as vaccines, insulin, monoclonal antibodies, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during of a press briefing.
Last week, six African countries – Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia – signed up as the first on the continent to receive the technology to manufacture Covid mRNA vaccines. -19 on a large scale and in accordance with international standards.
On Wednesday, Tedros said that so far 20 countries have expressed interest in being trained in mRNA vaccine development by the South African hub.