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Egypt’s Participation in the second World Local Production Forum (WLPF) in the Netherlands

Wednesday، 08 November 2023 - 12:00 AM

Health and Population Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar participated on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, in the opening of the Second World Local Production Forum (WLPF), which was held in the Netherlands with the participation of many health ministers from various countries of the world.

The 2nd World Local Production Forum aims to bring together approximately 800 high-level participants from various sectors, including government officials, international organizations, development partners, finance institutions, private sector representatives, civil society members, and academia.

The forum serves as a platform to address issues related to local production of medicines and healthcare technologies to enhance accessibility and affordability, which is crucial for global public health.

Health and Population Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar asserted, in his speech at the inauguration of the Forum, that Egypt is one of the main vaccine producers in the region, highlighting the cooperation it has with Chinese partners to achieve this.

He said the health ministry seeks to up the production capacity of the Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) to meet local needs of vaccines so that Egypt would be the first hub for vaccine production in the region.

Abdel Ghaffar expressed happiness for taking part in this important event which groups a large number of health ministers and experts.

He thanked World Health Organization Secretary General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for his efforts in organizing the event.

He noted that the coronavirus pandemic has helped the world to discover the dangerous gaps of the international health structure and inequality among countries in health preparedness.

He said these gaps underlined the importance of drawing up new collaborative mechanisms to promote local production capacities.

He noted that Egyptian companies engaged in partnerships with international companies to transfer technologies and localize them.

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