EU To Back Expansion of Vaccine Production Capacity In Africa



EU to back expansion of vaccine production capacity in Africa | Financial  TimesSam Fleming and Michael Peel in Brussels and David Pilling in London


The EU plans to throw its weight behind a push to expand vaccine manufacturing in Africa after the coronavirus pandemic has underscored a need to broaden the production of life saving jabs.

Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, is expected to back proposals to establish strategic manufacturing hubs in African countries at a global health summit in Rome on Friday, officials said.

According to Financia Times,the EU move comes as the coronavirus crisis adds urgency to longstanding efforts to cut African countries’ dependence on imports of drugs to combat deadly diseases that ravage the continent.

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