UNIDO and Russia working on vaccine production technology transfer to improve healthcare in Latin America and the Caribbean

UNIDO and Russia working on vaccine production technology transfer to improve healthcare in Latin America and the Caribbean

VIENNA, 16 October 2017 – Representatives of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s Latin America and Caribbean Division and the St. Petersburg Research Institute of Vaccines and Serums and the Bacterial Preparation Factory (SPbSRIVS) met last week to discuss challenges and opportunities related to technology transfer within the framework of the interregional project; ‘Strengthening Alliances between LAC and Russia’.

Andrey Vasiliev, Deputy Director of SPbSRIVS visited UNIDO to share Russia’s experience in constructing the Latin American Biotechnology Institute MECHNIKOV, and technology transfer with the Republic of Nicaragua. The project, which aims to improve the quality of healthcare in Nicaragua and meet the influenza vaccine deficit in Latin American and Caribbean countries (LAC), is a model that can be replicated in other countries and regions. SPbSRIVS is seeking UNIDO’s support in facilitating training of medical personnel and technology transfer in the region; promoting cooperation, awareness-raising and information transfer in the LAC countries; building up a partnership network in the LAC region; and promoting recognition of the certified vaccines produced in Nicaragua by the regulatory institutions of other LAC countries.

In the course of the meeting held by Andrey Vasiliev with UNIDO technical cooperation experts, UNIDO presented a study identifying similar challenges in the healthcare sector in Africa. Both parties agreed on the need for harmonization and cooperation.

Vasiliev's visit concluded with a preliminary agreement to hold the 1st International UNIDO Conference “Strengthening strategic alliances in the area of biopharma between LAC and Russia” in October/November 2018 on the basis of the annual technical committee organized by SPbSRIVS and the Pan-American Health Organization in Nicaragua. The possibility of organizing a workshop on the harmonization and mutual recognition of standards, quality assurance and quality control in the biopharmaceutical industry in the near future was also discussed.

For more information about the project, please contact:

Carlos Chanduvi Suarez

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