WHO to double cholera vaccine stockpile

An article from Deutsche Welle
January 8, 2016

The WHO hopes to address global shortages of cholera vaccines by doubling its supply in 2016. Just three companies currently have the world body's stamp of approval to create these medicines.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced it will double its stockpile of cholera vaccines to 6 million, taking a further step toward combating a bacterial infection that afflicts between 1.4 and 4.3 million people every year and kills roughly 142,000.
 
The extra production capacity will come from South Korean company EuBiologic, which has joined the WHO's pre-production program for the vaccine.
 
That makes it the third company to produce a cholera vaccine for the international health body.
 
Steven Martin, who manages vaccine stockpiles at the WHO, says his organization isn't turning away potential cholera vaccine producers - quite the opposite. The health body is in fact trying to boost demand for the vaccine so that other pharmaceutical firms might hop on board.
 
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