WHO Helping Countries Make Vaccines

WHO Helping Countries Make Vaccines

Jose Chavez

The World Health Organization created a global training center to help developing countries make vaccines, antibodies and cancer treatment with RNA technology.

During a press briefing in Geneva on Weds., Feb. 23, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the new hub will be in South Korea, and they will share mRNA technology developed by WHO and partners in South Africa where scientists are working to recreate the COVID made by Moderna Inc. The effort is taking place without Moderna’s help.

It’s the first time WHO has supported such unconventional efforts to reverse engineer a commercially sold vaccine.

However, both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have declined to share their vaccine recipes or technological know-how with WHO or its partners.

WHO’s chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan estimates that the attempts to recreate Moderna’s vaccine would probably not yield any usable shots until late next year or even 2024 but can be shortened if the manufacturer agreed to help.

Earlier this year, CAPE Town company attempted to replicate the Moderna Inc. COVID shot saying it had successfully made a candidate vaccine that will soon start laboratory testing.

Scientists attempting to make Moderna’s vaccine say there is more information about the shot, in the public domain, and it’s believed to be slightly easier to manufacture than the one made by Pfizer-BioNTech.