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“Rwanda in advanced talks for local manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines”

By IGIHE
On 22 May 2021 at 10:13

President Paul Kagame has said that Rwanda’s is in advanced talks discussions with vaccine manufacturers to start local production.

Kagame made the revelation on Friday 21st May 2021 at the virtual Global Health Summit bringing together G20 leaders, and executives from vaccine manufacturers among others.

Participants discussed ways to distribute vaccines to poor countries that have so far received 0.2 % of delivered vaccines against 80% of developed countries.

Kagame explained that the global distribution of vaccines is the way to defeat COVID-19 pandemic and return to normalcy.

“First, we have to urgently improve the frameworks and tools needed to defeat this pandemic and others that are sure to follow. Ending Covid-19 will require expanded pathways to vaccine access for populations throughout the world,” he said.

Kagame revealed that Rwanda is in advanced talks with manufacturers to produce vaccines locally.

“In the context of developing hubs for manufacturing the vaccines in our continent, Rwanda is in advanced talks with private firms and multilateral agencies to build manufacturing capacity in our region for the raw materials to produce mRNA vaccines,” he affirmed.

Kagame commended the European Union institutions for commitment to support the cause.

He expressed optimism that the world will find the appropriate solution on the issue of intellectual property to manufacture vaccines in developing countries.

During the summit, vaccine manufacturers including Pfizer agreed to provide vaccines at low cost to poor countries.


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