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Canada Contributes Over U$11 Million To Boost Regional Vaccine Production

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The Government of Canada has announced a $15 million Canadian dollar contribution (equivalent to US$ 11.2 million) towards a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) initiative to increase vaccine production capacities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Launched in 2021, the PAHO Regional Platform to Advance the Manufacturing of COVID-19 Vaccines and other Health Technologies in the Americas aims to increase the region’s ability to respond more quickly and autonomously to health emergencies and to improve access to much needed vaccines, medicines, and other medical supplies.

“We thank the Government of Canada for this generous and timely contribution, which will be crucial in making the region better prepared for future challenges,” PAHO’s Director Carissa F. Etienne said.

The COVID-19 health crisis uncovered major rifts in access to health care and exposed the region’s high dependence on imports for vaccines, medicines and other medical supplies.

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Countries with local production capacity were the first to benefit from COVID-19 vaccines, but much of Latin America and the Caribbean had to wait for these to become available from centralized external manufacturers, leading to significant delays in the rollout of campaigns to protect lives.

“This disparity underscored the need to invest in efforts to diversify the production of vaccines and their components across countries,” the PAHO Director said, while taking advantage of new health technologies, such as messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines that can be used beyond COVID-19.

“Canada is pleased to support PAHO’s innovative work to strengthen vaccine production capacities in Latin America and the Caribbean and to deepen our partnership on this critical issue for the region,” Ambassador Hugh Adsett, Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization of American States said.

Building on existing capacities in the region, the PAHO initiative will support training and technology transfer, strengthen regional value chains to source the necessary components for vaccine manufacturing, and bolster regulatory systems and enabling functions for vaccines production.

As part of the PAHO effort, in September 2021 Bio-Manguinhos/FIOCRUZ in Brazil and Sinergium Biotech in Argentina were selected to be part of a technology transfer initiative for the development and production of mRNA-based vaccines in the region.

Representatives from both institutions took part of a training at the World Health Organization mRNA global hub, Afrigen Biologics, to accelerate the development of the technology in the region.

SOURCE: Pan American Health Organization

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Will more student nurses at SALCC be tactfully dismissed for the nursing program by another unapproved vaccine mandate?

  2. Chas has 7.3 million for us, Manovar, tell Chas we need this money. By the way how many passports did he sell during his term in office?

  3. Sad to see the amount of money allocated for vaccines, while education lacks and poverty is growing like wild fire, yet still the sheep will hail praises to this form of evil, when will the people open up their eyes and start reprogramming their mind with truths

  4. Bloody madness
    so many in stlucia just falling dead
    St lucians all who take the vaxx are already dying

  5. They won’t. The information is there for everyone to see and analyse. They choose not to because they prefer to believe the lie. Even the “most intelligent” among us are not immune. They will die out. It won’t be murder if they willingly take it.

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