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African vaccine manufacturing: the challenges and the successes
The COVID pandemic exposed the global injustices of the health system. Africa has suffered greatly from the inequalities of vaccine distribution during this most recent pandemic. Many Africans died unnecessarily of COVID during the first half of 2021 when vaccines were largely unavailable there, even as vaccines were being widely distributed in wealthy countries. This injustice has led to the growing pressure for African manufacturing of vaccines for polio, malaria, Ebola, HIVAIDs, TB and others.
Several initiatives in Africa have shown great promise and indicate that there is human capacity, technical skills and willing investors to set up manufacturing and thus start the move forward to advance the continent’s health sovereignty and security.
Today’s Webinar presents two panelists who speak from experience with developing vaccines for Africa: Prof. Petro Terblanche, Managing Director of Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines and Simon Agwale, Ph.D, CEO of Innovative Biotech, Nigeria and Innovative Biotech, USA Inc. Also joining the panel will be Geoff York, the Globe and Mail correspondent based in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Professor Petro Terblanche has a successful track record in the strategic and operational management of technology intensive organizations. She has played a key part in the design and implementation of South Africa’s biotechnology strategy.

Simon Agwale, Ph. D is the CEO of Innovative Biotech, Nigeria and Innovative Biotech USA Inc. He is a member of the board of the African Vaccine Manufacturers’ Initiative (AVMI) and Chair of Vaccine Technical working group.

Geoffrey York is The Globe and Mail’s Africa Bureau Chief, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been a foreign correspondent for the newspaper since 1994, including seven years as the Moscow Bureau Chief and seven years as the Beijing Bureau Chief.

The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Marcia Burdette, the Deputy Chair of the Africa Study Group.

Feb 1, 2023 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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