The World Health Organization’s first WHO Academy is set to officially open its doors in 2023.

The organization this week announced the launch of the academy to be located in Lyon, France.

WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus says the state-of-the-art academy will give healthcare workers, across the globe, access to the latest technology and healthcare training.

He says the academy will allow healthcare workers to upskill themselves and advance their careers.

Read Ghebreyesus’ full statement here.

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The World Health Organization says the vaccine technology-hub, to be opened here in South Africa, will help bring the country a step closer to developing and producing its own vaccines.

The organization says this will also lessen the country’s dependence on developed countries to supply medicines.

WHO chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan says the organization will partner with the South African and French governments to bring the continent’s first Covid-19 messenger RNA hub into realization.

She says the facility will ensure that, during future pandemics, vaccines reach African countries much faster.

Read more on the initiative here.

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