(Reuters) – Africa is working with the European Union and other partners to help create regional vaccine manufacturing hubs in South Africa, Senegal and Rwanda, with Nigeria under consideration, World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said.
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“We have now seen that over-centralization of vaccine production capacity is incompatible with equitable access in a crisis situation,” Okonjo-Iweala said on Monday during a virtual meeting.
Reuters quotes the DG, WTO, saying, “Regional production hubs, in tandem with open supply chains, offer a more promising path to preparedness for future health crisis.”
The WTO, International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the World Bank had recently promised to commit as much as $50 billion to fight covid pandemic.