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Sánchez and Von der Leyen present a plan to manufacture vaccines in Latin America

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, presented this Wednesday an initiative of the European Union to promote the vaccine manufacturing in Latin America with the aim of that the continent can respond to health crises such as that of coronavirus.

In a joint statement from the headquarters of the Community Executive in Brussels, Sánchez has assessed that with this step “a new phase begins” for a ‘roadmap’ for Latin America and Europe in health matters, celebrating the fact that it becomes a priority in relations.

The plan for promote local production of vaccines It will focus on the transfer of technology to countries in the region, the mobilization of private investment and the sharing of practices at the regulatory level, he explained about a project with many elements still to be defined, including the funds available and the participating countries.

“This initiative is a European awareness of the needs of Latin America and the Caribbean, one more example of the EU’s will to open up and reinvent the way of relating to Latin America”, underlined the head of the Spanish Executive.

In this sense, Sánchez He has asked not to forget that the coronavirus crisis is still present and that it is time to strengthen multilateralism and promote solidarity mechanisms to help those societies that suffer the onslaught of the pandemic.

“We all know that vaccination is helping us get out of the pandemicslowly but surely, but we must intensify the work to better prepare ourselves against future pandemics,” said the President of the European Commission.

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Von der Leyen emphasized the need for “each country and each region to increase their capacity to manufacture and administer vaccines”, and then stressed the importance of involving the private sectors of Europe and Latin America, since it requires “significant investments” to strengthen production capacity and supply chains.

Likewise, the leader of the European Executive has recalled Brussels’ commitment to the region to which it dedicates 890 million euros to promote health projects.

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