Thailand will establish the ‘WHO BIOHUB’ under the authorization of the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop treatments and vaccines to fight potential future pandemics, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul revealed today, May 26th.
The Minister released more details on his Facebook account and said that he had an official meeting with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghrebreyesus at the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva on Wednesday and discussed the issue of developing the keys to preventing future pandemics.
During the visit, Thailand also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation in establishing the WHO BIOHUB Biological Center to collect existing pathogens for analysis, study, and research for further development of drugs and vaccines.
Anutin said: “Thailand was the first country to sign this MOU because of its health care and system readiness. We also received praise and confidence in the Covid-19 situation management from the WHO.”
“The organization also sent a survey team to study Thailand’s disease management and control system, especially on disease prevention, the country’s response to the pandemic, vaccine allocations, medical treatments, and a strong Village Health Volunteer (VHV) system, to be used as a WHO guideline and standard for its member countries around the world.”
The WHO Director-General also stated on his Twitter account: “Following Covid-19 lessons, WHO and Thailand signed a collaboration on sharing pathogens to the BioHub. This contribution will enable scientists around the world to quickly access novel pathogens and undertake research to develop health tools when another crisis strikes.”
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