The head of the world organization said on Friday that South Africa’s efforts to produce essential vaccines to help the African continent become more self-sufficient in vaccinations to combat Covid-19 and many other diseases.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Gebresuswas visiting Cape Town to visit three facilities that began manufacturing vaccines.
“More than half of the world’s population is now fully immunized, yet 84% of the African population has not yet received a single dose.Dr. Tedros said during a press briefing.
Mr Tedros added that it was “urgentTo increase domestic production of vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.
He was also scheduled to visit the Afrigen laboratory, which, with the support of the World Health Organization, is producing a vaccine COVID-19 from zero. The lab clones a file Moderna Vaccine using vaccine technology mRNA. lab African Supported by the World Health Organization and many other partners, including the governments of South Africa, France and Belgium, this initiative is also supported by the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr Tedros said clinical trials of the candidate vaccine developed by Afrigen are expected to begin in 2022 and hopefully be allowed for use in 2024.
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