The Dakar plant at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, which is being built in Diamandio, will produce 40 million doses of yellow fever vaccine per year starting in 2021, the ambassador said on Tuesday. from France to Senegal, Christoph Bigot.
"The annual production capacity will be 40 million doses, 20 times more than the current unit production by 2021," said Biogot at a Dakar Rotary Club meeting on "French-Senegal Healthcare over the Past Three Years."
The Pasteur Institute in Dakar, the only production unit for vaccines in Sub-Saharan Africa, will strengthen its presence in this region, "for the benefit of the whole of Africa, where yellow fever unfortunately still kills," he added.
"As a director, I am proud to have been able to support this project, co-funded by AFD (French Development Agency) and supported by the Pasteur Institute in Paris and the French Government," said Christoph Bigot.
He recalled that France and Senegal maintained cooperation in the field of medical research through the Pasteur Institute in Dakar and the National Agency for Research (ANRS), a French organization involved in the promotion of a clinical research venue at the Phan Dakar University Hospital.
The cooperation between the two countries in this area also goes through the Research and Development Institute (R & D) and the 5% Initiative, according to the French ambassador.
The 5% initiative is the second form of France's contribution to the Global Fund to Fight Malaria, Tuberculosis and AIDS.
It supports the countries, especially the Francophone countries, in the development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the grants awarded by the Global Fund.
"A lot of research is being carried out in all areas of health care, and it should be noted that all these studies are being conducted by mixed French-Senegalese teams whose results in scientific production place Senegal much on the scene. internationally, "said the ambassador of France at the end of his mission in Senegal.