For the second year running, on the side-lines of the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of France and the Medicines Patent Pool, were delighted to host the parallel event National & regional health security: from mRNA to a sustainable vaccine manufacturing framework, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, the World Economic Forum, CEPI and the United States National Academy of Science.

H.E. Mr. Jérôme Bonnafont, Ambassador, Permanent Representation of France to the United Nations Office in Geneva and international organisations in Switzerland, hosted the event at the French Mission in Geneva on Monday 22 May 2023.

“It will not be the infectious optimism that make a difference, but what we have committed to do! We have seen before, time pass and optimism wanes, if we don’t seize the moment, we will yet again have missed this opportunity.  When we come back next year, let us celebrate how the world has changed in a year through our achievements.” 

Jeremy Farrar, Chief Scientist WHO



Introductory Remarks:

  • Anne-Claire Amprou, French Ambassador for Global Health
  • Charles Gore, Executive Director, MPP

The first panel unpacked key elements needed to ensure the sustainability of national regional manufacturing capacity that comes from the mRNA Technology Transfer Programme.

  • Folly Bah Thibault, Moderator
  • Martin Friede, Initiative for Vaccine Research Coordinator, WHO
  • Joe Phaahla, Minister of Health of South Africa
  • Jerome H. Kim, Director General of the International Vaccine Institute
  • Morena Makhoana, Chief Executive Officer, Biovac
  • Maurine Murenga, Executive Director, Lean on Me Foundation

The second panel discussed the broader ecosystem described in the Regionalized Vaccine Manufacturing Collaborative Framework and how to equitable access to vaccines in low-middle income countries.

Opening Remarks: Victor J. Dzau, President of the US National Academy of Medicine

  • John-Arne Røttingen, Ambassador for Global Health at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Priya Basu, Executive Head, The Pandemic Fund Secretariat, World Bank
  • Ong Ye Kung, Minister of Health Singapore
  • Jae-Yong Ahn, President and CEO of SK bioscience
  • Jean Kaseya, Director General, Africa CDC
  • Barbosa da Silva Jr., Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance

Closing Remarks:

  • Jeremy Farrar, Chief Scientist, WHO
  • Jérôme Bonnafont, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations Office in Geneva

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