Capacity Building for Vaccine Manufacturing Across Developing Countries: The Way Forward

Authors: Ganesh Kumraj, Sarang Pathak, Sanket Shah, Piyali Majumder, Jainendra Jain, Davender Bhati, Sarmad Hanif, Sushmita Mukherjee & Syed Ahmed

Synopsis: The devastation unleashed by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic as well as by other periodically emerging and re-emerging infectious pathogens in low- and middle-income countries remains unprecedented. The pandemic has made us realize the capacity crunch for vaccine manufacturing globally which largely affected the accessibility of vaccines in these countries. A robust solution to address this grim issue is to have indigenous vaccine manufacturing which will reduce the dependence on imports and achieve self-sufficiency. The review article highlights the challenges and possible solutions in setting up indigenous vaccine manufacturing, case studies on successful capacity building and technology transfer, the role of different organizations in capacity building and the way forward which deliberates on the pertinent points which may resolve the conundrum of vaccine inequity.
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