Uzbekistan-US: Cooperation in healthcare and pharmaceuticals expands
The Ministry of Health hosted a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Uzbekistan Daniel Rosenblum, representatives of the USAID Mission to Uzbekistan and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At the beginning of the talks, it was noted that the cooperation between our countries in the field of medicine is strengthening, and the Uzbek side is grateful for the practical assistance provided by the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.
In particular, the provision of more than 5 million doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines under the COVAX program to combat COVID-19 has played an important role in ensuring the health of the population.
According to US officials, another 5 million doses of such vaccines are planned to be delivered to Uzbekistan by September this year.
It is also worth noting that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided about $ 2 million worth of coronavirus protection equipment and $ 3.7 million worth of medical equipment.
At the same time, several projects implemented in our country in recent years based on USAID grants allow us to develop the medical sector at the level of modern requirements.
In turn, cooperation with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is strengthening in the fight against coronavirus and other infectious infections, vaccination, sanitary-epidemiological, and many other areas of medicine.
For example, some time ago, an international training course "Basic level of the curriculum on practical epidemiology" was launched, within which the first group of students was trained. Now the second group training is scheduled to begin in April this year.
At the same time, 800 general practitioners, epidemiologists, and pediatricians were trained under the COVID-19 vaccination program with the support of CDC specialists.
It should be noted that the Pharmaceutical Industry Development Agency and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have established fruitful cooperation in the field of pharmaceuticals. The opening of the USAID Quality Club, which serves as a communication mechanism, is clear proof of this.
The meeting participants discussed prospects for further cooperation in developing the medical education, training, prevention of infectious diseases, including the supply of influenza vaccines.
In this regard, the sides exchanged views on the establishment of mobile hospitals, the formation of a mobile emergency care system, and the development of the pharmaceutical industry, to ensure the rapid and quality operation of the medical system of the country in various emergencies.
Pharmaceutical Industry Development Agency