Wednesday, May 31, 2023
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT

The COVID-19 pandemic created shortages and inequities in access to medicines and health technologies. The crisis highlighted the dependence of Latin America and the Caribbean on imports from outside the Region, the vulnerability of global supply chains, and the high heterogeneity that characterizes the Americas in terms of their research, development and production capacities for health technologies.

In response to this need and at the request of the Member States, PAHO has launched the Innovation and Regional Production Platform of Medicines and Health Technologies, a space that articulates working actions to facilitate the expansion of research, development and manufacturing of health technologies in the Region. We invite you to participate in the Webinar Series, organized by the Platform, to discuss the regional production of medicines.

This webinar is made possible with the help of Global Affairs Canada. The event will feature simultaneous interpretation in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Free admission.

To participate, please register here.

Objective(s) of the meeting: 

Discuss the opportunities and challenges of the region to move towards local production by combining local and regional capacities for the manufacture of vaccines and other health technologies.

Provide the vision of the convened panel of experts to rethink local production and the strengthening of value chains in the Region of the Americas.

Speakers. Brief summary of the curriculum: 
  • Javier Guzmán - Director, Global Health Policy Program and Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development (CGD)
  • Marcella Distrutti - Health Senior Specialist in the Social Protection and Health Division, Inter American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Nicolo Gligo - Economic Affairs Officer, Division of Production, Productivity and Management, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
  • Tomás Pippo (Moderator) - Chief a.i., Innovation and Regional Production Platform, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • Héctor Castro (Presenter) – Director a.i. of the Department of Innovation and Access to Medicines and Health Technologies at Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Regional Platform, Production Innovation, Lessons Learned, vaccines