WTO chief says South Africa, Senegal, Rwanda and Nigeria are considered hubs for vaccine production

ZURICH, June 21 (Reuters) – Africa is working with the European Union and other partners to create regional vaccine manufacturing centers in South Africa, Senegal and Rwanda, with Nigeria under consideration, World Trade Organization Director General Ngozi said Okonjo-Iweala.

“We have now seen that excessive centralization of vaccine production capacity is incompatible with equal access in a crisis situation,” Okonjo-Iweala said during a virtual meeting on Monday.

“Regional manufacturing centers, along with open supply chains, offer a more promising way to prepare for future health crises.”

Reporting by John Miller; Arrangement by Toby Chopra

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