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First Meeting of the OIC Vaccine Manufacturers Group Agrees on Action Plan

June 29, 2014

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, June 29 -- The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation issued the following news:

The OIC Vaccine Manufacturers Group held its first meeting on 25-26 June 2014 at the OIC General Secretariat, Jeddah.

The meeting comes in the wake of the decision of the 4th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers (ICHM) held in October 2013 which endorsed the establishment of the Group with a view to achieving self-reliance in the production and supply of essential vaccines and medicines in the OIC Member States.

The meeting was attended by Vaccine Manufacturers from OIC Member States, including representatives of OIC General Secretariat, Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), Statistical, economic and social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and World Health Organsiation (WHO.)

The meeting elaborated on the short, medium and long term Plan of Action towards self-reliance of vaccines in the OIC region adopted by the Fourth Islamic Conference of Ministers of Health and agreed on moving forward in terms of collaboration and building a strong network. As the first step, the Meeting agreed on the urgent compilation of reliable data and credible information on vaccine needs of the OIC region. In this regard, it requested SESRIC to undertake a technical and economic feasibility of production and supply of vaccines in particular to cover gaps of the vital vaccines.

The meeting reiterated the need to continue sharing of experiences, R&D collaboration, transfer of technology and capacity building to achieve the vision of self reliance in vaccines productions and supply. A number of capacity-building and experience-sharing events and workshops were agreed upon for the short-term.

The next meeting of the Group will be held in Tunisia in the first quarter of 2015 to be followed by a training workshop on quality management of vaccine production scheduled to be held in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran in the third quarter of 2015.

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