Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

July 06, 2010 15:23 ET

Canada Should Partner With China to Build Vaccine and Manufacturing Capacity, New CIC Paper Argues

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 6, 2010) - Over the past decade, public health issues have come to be recognized as among the most pressing and difficult challenges to global security and international relations. They have the potential to destabilize governments, create havoc for national economies and disrupt international trade.

A new paper released today by the Canadian International Council (CIC), China's Capacity to Respond to the H1N1 Pandemic Alert and Future Global Public Health Crises: A Policy Window For Canada, argues that Canada should support China in strengthening the vaccine development and production dimension of its national public health capacity.

"There are at least two significant indicators that China is interested in developing its vaccine export capacity, which have relevance to the role Canada could play in a global partnership with China," says Lesley Jacobs, author of the paper.

Dr. Jacobs' paper argues that the first indicator is that China's leading pharmaceutical company, SINOVAC, has indicated its interest in joining the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations and, in particular, becoming involved in it Influenza Vaccine Supply International Task Force. The other indicator revolves around the WHO's recognition of international vaccine producers. The Minister of Health has indicated that China will apply to the WHO for approval of its H1N1 vaccine. This approval will make it easier for China to donate vaccines to other countries, presumably some of the countries in Africa with which it has close ties.

Dr. Lesley Jacobs (BA, MA, Political Science, UWO; PhD, Politics, Oxford) is Professor of Law and Society and Political Science and Director of the York Centre for Public Policy & Law at York University in Toronto, Canada. China's Capacity to Respond to the H1N1 Pandemic Alert and Future Global Public Health Crises: A Policy Window For Canada is part of the CIC's 2010 China Paper series.

For more information on China's Capacity to Respond to the H1N1 Pandemic Alert and Future Global Public Health Crises: A Policy Window For Canada or the CIC, please visit: www.onlinecic.org.

The Canadian International Council (CIC) is an independent, member-based council established to strengthen Canada's role in international affairs. The CIC reflects the ideas and interests of a broad constituency of Canadians who believe that a country's foreign policy is not an esoteric concern of experts but directly affects the lives and prosperity of its citizens. The CIC uses its deep historical roots, its cross-country network and its active research program to advance debate on international issues across academic disciplines, policy areas and economic sectors. The CIC's research program is managed by the national office in Toronto. Its 15 branches across Canada offer CIC members speakers' programs, study groups, conferences and seminars.

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