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Easier access to some medications

December 18, 2023

Barbados should find it easier to access some medications with the launch of a new vaccine lab in Africa.

Biontech, the German firm behind one of the first COVID vaccines, today unveiled the first MRNA vaccine manufacturing laboratory in Rwanda.

The lab will be seeking to produce 50 million vaccine doses a year once completed, for not only COVID-19 but potentially tuberculosis and malaria.

Speaking during the inauguration of the new facility, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley hailed the initiative.

Prime Minister Mottley also reiterated plans for Barbados and Guyana to begin pharmaceutical manufacturing in the Caribbean.

Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame says Prime Minister Mottley’s presence signals that concern for health equity extends beyond Africa.

The European Union’s Global Gateway initiative has raised billions of euros to invest in the project.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, has expressed a willingness to help fund a similar project in Barbados.

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