Director of PAHO Doc. Carissa Etienne visited Institute of vaccines and serums in Saint Petersburg (SPbSRIVS) within the framework of cooperation between Pan American Health Organization and Federal Medico-Biological Agency of Russia (FMBA), which along with other institutions includes SPbSRIVS.
Doctor Etienne arrived to Russia to be acquainted with the latest achievements of Russian public health. “Russian technologies might be very useful in the Latin American region. We signed Memorandum con Ministry of Health of Russian Federation in order to deepen and strengthen our cooperation. We want to learn from you and benefit from Russian innovations” – said Doc. Carissa Etienne.
The delegation inspected the production
The delegation also included WHO/PAHO Representative in Nicaragua Socorro Gross Galiano, WHO/PAHO Representative in Cuba Cristian Morales Fuhrimann and Director of Department of External Relations, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Alberto Kleiman. Members of the delegation led by Doctor Etienne inspected the modern production of a vaccine for the prevention of influenza in Krasnoye Selo, met with scientists, vaccine developers. The vaccine produced by SPbSRIVS is supplied to Latin American countries; the first delivery will be carried out through the PAHO Revolving Fund.
In addition, guests of the Northern Palmira learned about the experience of the transfer of the Russian technologies of the vaccine production in Nicaragua, where SPbSRIVS is implementing joint Russian-Nicaraguan project of construction of Latin American Institute of Biotechnology MECHNIKOV.
Cooperation with FMBA
The members of the PAHO delegation pointed out the great scientific and production potential of SPbSRIVS, wide opportunities for the transfer of technology and knowledge to the production site of MECHNIKOV, and also highly appreciated the plans to expand the range of medicines and vaccines within the framework of cooperation with the enterprises of FMBA of the Russian Federation on the basis of the Northwest Biopharmaceutical Industrial Cluster
During the visit, Director of PAHO Carissa Etienne carried out the reunion.with Head of FMBA of Russia Doc. Vladimir Uiba. “We hope that the result of that important work that Carissa Etienne.and her colleagues are doing will be joint projects on both education and transfer of technology.