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Hannah Kuchler’s article “Making ready for the subsequent pandemic” (Big Read, August 19) raises vital questions on pandemics and public well being risk preparedness.
The previous decade because the influenza virus H1N1, and the previous 18 months specifically, have taught us an awesome deal. As one knowledgeable notes, retaining factories at a prepared state within the “inter-pandemic interval” is essential. Sustaining partially publicly funded services designed to surge in response to public well being threats is difficult. It requires constant funding from authorities and personal business — business contracts alone will not be sufficient and burdening taxpayers with full preparedness prices is a big problem given the various authorities priorities.
Within the US, of the 4 manufacturing services the federal government funded, Emergent’s is the one one which has provided vaccine drug substance to assist vaccinate tens of tens of millions of individuals world wide.
We disagree with these advocating throwing out every little thing that has been learnt over the previous decade. Whereas this strategy has not supplied as many doses as rapidly as we, or anybody else, would have preferred, the manufacturing functionality within the nation is larger in the present day than in 2009. Additional enlargement is important, nevertheless it requires extra funding in preparedness than the federal government has been keen to make.
We additionally object to the characterisation of us, as cited by the article, as “yesteryear’s know-how”. Vaccine manufacturing is advanced, and developments will not be so simple as the subsequent improve obtain. Fortunately, a number of know-how platforms have confirmed efficient in creating antibodies to assist shield individuals towards the coronavirus.
Importantly, regardless of over a century of analysis, nobody has but developed a platform know-how that works towards all pathogens. We’re all nonetheless looking for that, however till and except that occurs, an efficient nationwide preparedness technique wants to have the ability to quickly manufacture merchandise based mostly on many various kinds of know-how.
We’re not out of this pandemic but and Emergent’s precedence stays manufacturing as a lot vaccine as rapidly as we are able to. We look ahead to utilizing our expertise to assist form and enhance our public well being programs.
Chief Working Officer
Gaithersburg, MD, US