Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa is critical for pandemic preparedness, prevention and response

Authors

  • Michael Mynhardt Group Executive at Avacare Health Global, Managing Director at Barrs Pharmaceutical Industries (Pty) Ltd, Ndabeni, Cape Town 7405
  • Nicaise Ndembi Chief Science Advisor, Office of the Director General of the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2023.2861

Keywords:

Pharmaceutical manufacturing in Africa, HIV, World Health Organisation, vaccine technology, healthcare systems, viral suppression, pandemic preparedness, pandemic response

Abstract

The 12th International Aids Society Conference on HIV Science was recently held in Brisbane, Australia, featuring a number of studies that have come to represent several important advances in HIV prevention, treatment and cure research. The conference offered the World Health Organisation (WHO) an opportunity to announce that there is negligible, or almost zero risk of transmitting HIV when a person has an HIV viral load measurement of less than or equal to 1,000 viral load copies per ml, commonly referred to as having a suppressed viral load [...].

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Published

28-09-2023

How to Cite

Mynhardt, M., & Ndembi, N. (2023). Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa is critical for pandemic preparedness, prevention and response. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 14(11). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2023.2861

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