An innovation-sharing platform for vaccine research in BRICS: strategies for the sustainable financing of innovation
Source The BRICS in Africa: promoting development?
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2023
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
Print HSRC Library: shelf number 9812772
Policy-makers increasingly recognise the importance of vaccines in contending with global health challenges and improving people's living conditions, particularly the poor and vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of vaccine research for the continuity and welfare of society. The growing global demand for vaccine research emphasises the need for strengthened vaccine research and development (R&D) capacities in emerging countries (Homma et al. 2013). As Rappuoli et al. (2011) discuss, healthcare is perhaps the most important factor driving one's quality of life in society. Vaccines play a central role in eliminating childhood diseases, increasing longevity and generally protecting people's health. Furthermore, as these authors state, technology and innovations are essential for identifying medical solutions to address the challenges of the 21st century related to new infections and the vulnerabilities related to poverty.