Months after President Joe Biden spoke publicly in favor of intellectual property waivers for drugmakers to help get vaccines in the arms of people in countries that need them, the top diplomat White House Vaccines Urged U.S. vaccine makers to help support the development of overseas manufacturing centers.
the Financial Time reported that Gayle Smith wants Pfizer, J&J and Moderna to share their knowledge with their rivals overseas to help make vaccines and make them more affordable.
“We need to increase the capacity of regions to produce more vaccines than they consume,” Smith told FT. “Then they can start exporting to the countries around them. “
Smith’s statement comes days after the U.S. government pledged $ 200 million to South African drugmaker Aspen Pharmaceutical to bolster manufacturing. On Tuesday, BioNTech announced plans to open manufacturing centers in Africa as well, as the country is in the midst of a third wave, and Pfizer launched a collaboration with Biovac to provide filling and distribution services in Africa. , although it depends on medicinal substances from Europe. Amid India’s second deadly wave, the vaccine supply that was destined for other countries was kept for home use, adding to a global shortage.
Biden said his administration would buy 500 million doses to donate to countries in need.
To curb spike in infections, Vietnam signs agreement for Japanese vaccine technology transfer
Two Vietnamese companies have signed an agreement with Japanese drug maker Shionogi to share technology to produce Covid-19 recombinant DNA vaccines, Reuters reported Tuesday.
AIC and Vabiotech will try to curb an epidemic that began in April. Although the deal is subject to a confidentiality agreement, it would focus on local production of recombinant protein vaccines, a health official told Vietnamese media. VnExpress. The transfer, however, would not be completed until next June, a government official revealed. Snionogi said in May it would start providing vaccines later in 2021.
The number of positive cases exceeded 6,000 a day last week in Vietnam. Last week, the government said it was in talks with the United States over domestic production of mRNA vaccines.