The World Health Organization has announced the second hub for training countries to develop COVID vaccinations

The World Health Organization has announced the second hub for training countries to develop COVID v ...

The World Health Organization announced on Wednesday that it has established a hub in South Korea to train low- and middle-income countries to produce their own vaccinations and therapies, and that it is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine project to a further five nations.

The new training hub has been established by the United Nations (U.N. agency) in Cape Town, South Africa, last year, to provide people from poor and middle-income countries with the knowledge-how to produce COVID-19 vaccinations based on mRNA technology.

A press briefing at the new centre outside Seoul would enable workers to train countries who desire to produce vaccines, insulin, and monoclonal antibodies.

"Currently, bio-manufacturing training facilities are located mostly in high-income countries, thereby eliminating them from reaching for many low-income countries."

The facility in South Korea is already training individuals who reside in the country and will now accommodate trainees from other countries, according to the WHO.

The World Health Organization has said that five more countries, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Serbia, and Vietnam, will receive financial help from its mRNA technology transfer facility in South Africa.

The countries have been tested by a panel of experts and have proved to be capable of moving to the production phase quite quickly, according to the WHO.

Six African nations - Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia - approved the technology last week. It is the first country on the continent to develop mRNA vaccinations on scale and according to international standards.

On Wednesday, Tedros said that so far 20 countries had expressed interest in getting training on the development of an mRNA vaccine by the South African hub.

Countries that do not have mRNA technology but already have a manufacturing infrastructure and capacity, according to the WHO.

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