[Ip-health] SouthViews: Lessons from COVID-19: Pharmaceutical Production as a Strategic Goal

Anna Bernardo Bernardo at southcentre.int
Fri Jul 17 08:40:51 PDT 2020

SouthViews 202, 17 July 2020: Lessons from COVID-19: Pharmaceutical Production as a Strategic Goal

By Dr. Carlos M. Correa

As often said, major crises bring about challenges but also opportunities. The strategic importance of a local pharmaceutical industry has been growingly recognized as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Developing countries should take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen their pharmaceutical industry, including biological medicines. Industrial policies would need to be reformulated under an integrated approach so as to expand value added & create jobs while addressing public health needs. South-South cooperation may also play an important role in increasing the contribution of developing countries to the global production of pharmaceuticals.


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