President Alberto Fernández received today the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Jarbas Barbosa, and the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, within the framework of the recent cooperation agreement that Argentina signed with that public health agency to increase vaccine development and production capacities, and two days before the start of the 5th World Mental Health Summit in Buenos Aires.
During the meeting, in which the PAHO Representative in Argentina, Eva Llopis, also participated, the president appreciated that the health portfolio worked together with the National Administration of Laboratories and Health Institutes (ANLIS) “Dr. Carlos Malbrán”, the National Agency for the Promotion of Research, Technological Development and Innovation (R+D+i) and the biopharmaceutical company Sinergium Biotech, signed an agreement this week for the production of vaccines and other health technologies.
For Barbosa, “vaccine production remains very centralized in developed countries,” which is why he congratulated “the effort that Argentina, the public sector and the private sector, are making to produce vaccines that will serve the population of Argentina and of Latin America and the Caribbean”.
The agreement reached with PAHO aims to advance with equipment and strengthen the transfer of technology necessary to develop and produce messenger RNA vaccines in the region.
The development of these vaccines in the country, through the coordination between science, health and industry, will allow progress towards more equitable access and reduce the region’s external dependence on this technology, with a greater presence of Argentine work and innovation in the world.
Meanwhile, the President will open this Thursday the 5th World Mental Health Summit, which for the first time will be held in Latin America with the presence, in addition to Barbosa, of the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. , Ministers of Health from around the world, national, regional and international experts in mental health and representatives of user associations and civil society organizations.
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