WHO called on pharmaceutical companies to share vaccine production technologies from COVID-19
Tedros Adhan Gribresus (Photo: Salvatore Di Nolfi / Era)
The World Health Organization called on pharmacological companies to share the data and production technologies of the coronavirus vaccine to provide them with global fair access. This was announced at the briefing today by the head of WHO Tedros Adhan Gebreisus.
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He recalled that Last week Sanofi announced the provision of its production infrastructure for the production of Pfizer / Biontech vaccine.
«We call on other companies to follow this example,» said Gebreysus.
According to him, companies can also share their non-exclusive licenses that will allow others to produce a vaccine. This mechanism was previously used to expand access to HIV and Hepatitis C treatment.
Such an exchange of knowledge, the representative of WHO, will allow immediately engage in unused production capacity and help create additional production bases, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Global expansion of production will also reduce the dependence of poor countries from the rich donations, said Gebreisus.
«These are unprecedented times, and we welcome those manufacturers who, for example, promised to sell their vaccines at cost. But manufacturers can do more: having received substantial government financing, they must share their data and technologies to ensure global fair access to vaccines, «said the head of.