South Africa, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria considered as vaccine production hubs- WTO

Kenya has not been considered as Covid-19 vaccine production hub.

In Summary

• She said that regional production hubs, in tandem with open supply chains, offer a more promising path to preparedness for the future health crisis

• Nigeria is under consideration, World Trade Organisation Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said.

World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses before an interview with Reuters at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, April 12, 2021. REUTERS.
World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses before an interview with Reuters at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, April 12, 2021. REUTERS.

Africa is working with the European Union and other partners to help create regional vaccine manufacturing hubs in South Africa, Senegal, and Rwanda.

Nigeria is under consideration, World Trade Organisation Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said.

"We have now seen that over-centralisation of vaccine production capacity is incompatible with equitable access in a crisis situation," Okonjo-Iweala said on Monday during a virtual meeting.

"Regional production hubs, in tandem with open supply chains, offer a more promising path to preparedness for the future health crisis."