Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Un and Who Heads Meet Vaccine Manufacturers

Academic journal article Central European Journal of Public Health

Un and Who Heads Meet Vaccine Manufacturers

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GENEVA- World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with over 30 vaccine manufacturers from developing and developed countries at WHO headquarters. Both the Director-General and the Secretary-General stressed the importance of assuring that any eventual vaccine for Influenza A(HlNl) was made available in a spirit of equity and fairness, and invited the manufacturers to continue to work with them to develop a strategy for this. Industry representatives affirmed their wish to cooperate in making supplies available to developing countries, and said they stood ready to produce the vaccine when requested.

At a press conference later in the day, Dr Chan said "We have a very serious commitment from companies in the north and in the south to work with WHO." She said the Secretary-General's ability to mobilize resources "is extremely vital when the world is under threat of an imminent pandemic." Together with the UN and other members of the global community, WHO would work to find innovative funding mechanisms to ensure that developing countries were not denied access to vaccines because of lack of means.

Both the Director-General and Secretary-General expressed their appreciation of the efforts of the manufacturers, with support from governments, to further increase their production capacity.

Although WHO was not a funding agency, Dr Chan said she took it as part of her job to advocate for the poor. "In the name of solidarity, I have reached out to drug and vaccine manufacturers," she said. …

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