Philippines draws up vaccine development and manufacturing roadmap

The Philippines has come up with a vaccine development and manufacturing roadmap and is looking for suitable investment partners for technology transfer, capacity-building and financing, the Department of Science and Technology said.

Science Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara said in the medium term, the DOST Pharma Center is seen to bridge the gap between academe and the industry for pharmaceutical development.

Guevara said, “We are also establishing the Virology and Vaccine Institute of the Philippines through a law.”

Underscoring the critical role that the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation will play, managing director for health Initiatives Nafisa Jiwani said, involving the private sector can complement the aid efforts seen across the board and promote sustainable investments in preparedness and health care delivery in order to build resiliency to respond and prevent future outbreaks.

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