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Africa must expand medical manufacturing capacity – Ramaphosa

And forge partnerships to boost expertise and investment to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and future health emergencies.
Image: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Africa must expand its medical manufacturing capacity and forge partnerships to boost expertise and investment to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and future health emergencies, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.

The continent has struggled to acquire vaccines to fight Covid-19 and imports the vast majority of its medicines and medical equipment, leaving it at the mercy of overseas supplies.

Africa’s mainly poor nations are falling behind in the global vaccination race with under 13 million doses administered so far to the continent’s 1.3 billion people, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ramaphosa, the African Union’s Covid-19 champion and leader of the African country hardest hit by the virus, said there were lessons to learn from the pandemic.

“In ensuring an effective response to the current pandemic, we must strengthen our ability to both respond to future health emergencies and to achieve health security for the people of our continent,” he told continental leaders during a webinar.

Ramaphosa said the medium-term strategy should be to expand existing manufacturing facilities into regional hubs that could serve Africa’s health needs.

“We also need to forge sustainable partnerships with entities in both the developed world as well as the developing world,” he said.

African countries could seek guidance from countries such as India and Brazil on how they developed their generic pharmaceutical industries, he said, and collaboration between the public and private sectors would be essential.

“The vision of a strong African medical supply and vaccine manufacturing capability that responds effectively to the health needs of the African people is bold and also ambitious, but it is achievable,” Ramaphosa said.

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Haibo Mr Frog Boiler! You finally worked this out-well done! Now get uncle Blade to get an education system going so that we have many more chemists, pharmacists etc.

Do you seriously think that Blade can do that? Uncle Blade-possibly suffering from narcolepsy! I don’t- more at home churning out BA degrees in anthropology, African studies etc.

Go beg the Israelis, Swiss, Danes, Koreans etc for help. You are your ANC cabinet cannot achieve anything without help from decent countries!

There are indeed many ‘things’ Africa (and specifically South Africa) needs to do as we read about ad nauseam. But nothing will materialise if the foundation remains neglected. That foundation is ‘education and training’. Of the top quality kind that is. Have a review of where we are – mainly the STEM subjects (political science for example is useless) – and then focus on where we should be and get on with it. But that will not get votes at the next election, so there is no political will to really ‘do’ any of these ‘musts’.

Heish!!! This guy can talk the hindleg off a donkey.

Can someone please tell him to get a real job!!!!

He’s turning out to be a real pucker waste of time.

Zip it man! You will do less damage. These people????

Hahahahaaaa!!!

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