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Kagame makes case for local vaccine production

President Paul Kagame has made a case for production of vaccines in the region saying that much more input is needed for Africa to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Collins Mwai

Kagame also called for a solution on the issue of intellectual property of vaccines which could see countries across the world granted rights to produce vaccines of the various producers.

“Much more important, is technology transfer, cooperation on regulatory quality, and training of African engineers and scientists,” he said.

In readiness for when the intellectual property of vaccines, the Head of State noted that the African Union, we are also working to establish the African Medicines Agency (AMA), so that there are shared standards among our national regulators.

In his remarks, he also pointed out the importance of health systems built around Universal Health Coverage which had been proven to be resilient during the pandemic as well as domestic health financing to avoid overdependence.

Kagame is spearheading a call to action for domestic health financing among African Union member states especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic to improve health outcomes and resilience.

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