In a regional forum that took place virtually on January 20, 2022, the Minister of Health, Ximena Garzon, supported actions aimed at the production of vaccines against covid-19 in South America, including a project to manufacture them in the country.
During her speech, the Minister indicated that with the countries of the region they have similar objectives to face the pandemic and pointed out that “it is urgent to generate capacities for the sustainable production of vaccines to guarantee equitable and timely access for the Prosur countries”.
At the meeting, which took place within the framework of the Immunization Capacity Scaling Project of the Health Group of ProsurGarzón also addressed the issue of social and economic reactivation and mentioned that without vaccines to meet the demand of the countries of the region, a reactivation in this context is unthinkable.
The regions of Latin America and the caribbean have experienced difficulties in supplying vaccines against covid-19, so preparation for future health crises requires, as analyzed in the forum, installed capacities for research, development, own production and distribution of vaccines.
Given this scenario, the official ratified that Ecuador has committed its technical ability Y human Resources to be part of the regional network for the supply and distribution of vaccines that is being built in the Forum for the Progress of South America (Prosur).
In addition, he expressed the Government’s commitment to a project aimed at establishing a vaccine factory in the national territory, for which “there will be the support of international organizations,” indicates a statement from the Ministry of Health.
The virtual forum was attended by other Health and Trade authorities from the countries that make up Prosur, including the health ministers of Colombia, Fernando Ruiz, and Paraguay, Julio Cesar Borba; the head of the National Institute of Health Peru, Javier Suarez Moreno; and Tiago Rocca, manager of Strategic Alliances and Business Development of the Butantan Institute of Brazil.
According to the Ministry’s statement, this forum represents a initiative to generate joint actions between public sector institutions and private sector actors that make up the chain of production and marketing of vaccines in the region.
As well as promote the cooperation intersectorial and regionally to strengthen capacities for sustainable vaccine production.