Localized ‘Pop-Up’ Vaccine Factories Could Help Stem Global Threat Of Disease Outbreaks

HuffPost: Why The World Needs Pop-up Vaccine Factories
Harris Makatsoris, professor of manufacturing operations in the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre at Cranfield University

“…[T]he global threat from pandemics is growing. … But the core problem remains: how to manufacture vaccines quickly enough, and on a large enough scale, to save more people’s lives. A new £10 million U.K.-funded project, the Future Vaccine Manufacturing Hub, is finding a new model. This will include a faster process for finding and testing vaccines alongside localized ‘pop-up’ factories that can get large supplies of vaccines to people within weeks of the threat having been identified. … Ultimately, the work of the Hub is about independence — enabling more countries, and particularly those in the developing world, to access a cost-effective way of meeting their needs for vaccines as they arise rather than being dependent on systems of global business. … Inter-dependencies continue to grow and become more complex, meaning, in many cases including health, we can’t afford to think solely in terms of national interests” (5/10).

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