Indonesia Negotiating with WHO to Become Global Vaccine Hub

Indonesian Health Minister said Indonesia is negotiating with the World Health Organization (WHO) and six drug companies to become a global vaccine hub. 

“We are working with the WHO to be one of the global manufacturing hubs for mRNA,” Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said.

Budi also expressed Indonesia’s keen interest in building expertise in mRNA vaccines and viral vector shots, like the ones produced by AstraZeneca. 

As part of a WHO strategy to scale the distribution of vaccine production globally, new technology transfer hubs would be created. 

The strategy would also build the capacity in developing countries to make new generation vaccines like Moderna and Pfixer’s nucleic acid-based mRNA jabs.

“The WHO has pointed to South Africa as the first location, and I said that logically Indonesia should be the second,” Budi told Reuters.

A WHO spokesperson said about 25 low and middle-income countries expressed interest in hosting a vaccine hub but did not say if Indonesia was a leading candidate, Reuters reported.

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