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Thu, 25 Apr 2019 16:52 - Updated Thu, 25 Apr 2019 16:52

US grants USD 35 million to AU laboratory

Addis Ababa - The Commissioner for the Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AU, Angolan Josefa Sacko said that at least 35 million dollars have been made available by the US to build a veterinary laboratory for the African Union Vaccine Center (AU-PANVAC) in Ethiopia.

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According to a note from the Angolan diplomatic mission in Addis Ababa, the model for the new Pan-African laboratory was recently delivered at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa by Commissioner Josefa Sacko and the United States ambassador to the AU, Mary Beth Leonard.

Still to finance the project, the total cost of which was not disclosed, it says that there is a USD 10 million commitment from the United Arab Emirates and an AU Commission request for aid of USD 26 million.

According to the document, Ambassador Sacko will take advantage of the upcoming China / Africa Forum on Cooperation in Agriculture from 12 to 15 May to mobilize more resources.

With the construction of a new laboratory for AU-PANVAC in Debre-Zeit (Ethiopia), all the Center's activities will be carried out in a single location, which will include, among others, the Continental Vaccine Bank, the Quality Control Unit, the Biological Reagent Production Unit and a Training Center.

Currently, AU-PANVAC operates from laboratories inherited from the Ethiopian government in the 1970s and spread by facilities of the National Veterinary Institute. It depends on the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, ensuring the International and Independent Quality Control of all vaccines used in Africa.

AU-PANVAC is one of the four global cattle plague retention facilities.

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