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Brazil and Argentina tapped to make mRNA vaccines in Latin America

The phrase “COVID-19” is mirrored in a drop on a syringe needle on this illustration taken November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

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BRASILIA, Sept 21 (Reuters) – The Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) has chosen two biomedical facilities in Argentina and Brazil as regional hubs to develop and produce mRNA-based vaccines to struggle COVID-19 in Latin America, the regional well being company stated on Tuesday.

The concept is to faucet present manufacturing capacities to assist switch vaccine know-how developed by Moderna (MRNA.O) in the US to a area badly hit by the coronavirus and nonetheless with out entry to sufficient vaccines.

The Bio-Manguinhos Institute of Expertise on Immunobiologicals at Fiocruz, Brazil’s premier biomedical lab, was picked for its historical past of vaccine manufacturing, and has already made “promising advances” growing mRNA vaccine know-how, PAHO stated.
Sinergium Biotech, a personal sector biopharmaceutical firm, was chosen as the middle in Argentina and can associate with pharmaceutical lab mAbxience of the identical group to develop and manufacture lively vaccine substances.

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The Americas department of the World Well being Group stated vaccine manufacture ought to profit the whole area, with distribution funded by PAHO’s Revolving Fund.

An identical effort in Africa to develop COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing replicating Moderna’s shot has been slowed by talks with the U.S. firm, a WHO official advised Reuters final week.

Moderna stated in October it will not implement patents associated to its shot in the course of the pandemic, elevating hopes that different corporations would possibly be capable to copy its vaccine and assist enhance world manufacturing.

In apply, although, it’s laborious to duplicate a vaccine with out the data on how it’s made, and the WHO-backed tech switch hub in South Africa has up to now not reached a cope with the corporate.

The Americas area has borne the brunt of COVID-19 infections up to now, with 87.6 million circumstances recorded and over 2.16 million lives misplaced. But vaccine distribution continues to be unequal, PAHO has stated, with few international locations within the area reaching the year-end 40% vaccine goal set by the WHO.

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Reporting by Anthony Boadle
Enhancing by Marguerita Choy

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