South Africa to host COVID-19 vaccine technology transfer hub for the continent

AFRICA – The World Health Organization (WHO) has picked South Africa to host the continent’s first messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine technology transfer hub for COVID-19 vaccines. The move comes after the WHO issued an expression of interest in April, to establish COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hubs to scale up production and access to COVID vaccines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The WHO describes the transfer hubs as training facilities, where the technology is established at industrial scale and clinical development performed. Interested manufacturers from LMICs can receive training and any necessary licences to the…

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Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes first woman, first African to serve as director general of WTO

GLOBAL – The World Trade Organization (WTO) has officially selected Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian economist and former finance minister, to be its next leader, becoming the first woman and first African to serve as director general. The 66-year-old Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was appointed director-general of the World Trade Organization by representatives of the 164 member countries. She will assume the post on March 1 for a renewable term expiring on Aug. 31, 2025. The W.T.O.’s General Council, which includes representatives from all of the group’s 164 member countries, agreed in a…

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