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Rwanda, Barbados discuss opportunities for partnerships in vaccine manufacturing

By IGIHE
On 22 septembre 2022 at 11:36

President Paul Kagame has met with the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley with whom they discussed opportunities for partnerships for vaccine manufacturing to ensure equitable access.

President Kagame and Prime Minister Amor Mottley last met in April 2022 during his visit to Barbados.

Rwanda’s Presidency has revealed that President Kagame held talks with Mia Amor Mottley on Wednesday 21st September 2022.

Discussions were also attended by Holm Keller, the Chairman of kENUP Foundation ; Prof Senait Fisseha, a health expert and board member of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE).

kENUP is a global non-profit public foundation supporting research-based innovation in the wider health industries for societal benefit.

Rwanda and Senegal are among the first African countries selected to host vaccine manufacturing facilities.

Rwanda has been undergoing preparatory phases to start producing vaccines for different diseases locally.

On 23rd June 2022, President Kagame laid the foundation stone for the construction of a vaccine manufacturing plant in Kigali Special Economic Zone located in Masoro of Gasabo District.

At the time, the CEO of BioNTech, Prof Uğur Şahin revealed that they want to enter first clinical trial of Malaria and Tuberculosis vaccines by the end of this year and beginning next year.

Africa seeks to manufacture 60% of needed vaccines in 20 years from the current 1 percent.

President Kagame holding talks with the Prime Minister of Barbados.

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