Experts from Thailand have developed a special machine that will increase the production of vaccines from coronavirus by 20%. It was reported by Reuters on Wednesday, August 25.
The machine extracts the contents from vials of the drug without losing the substance, allowing for increased production of COVID-19 vaccines.
Currently, the technology only works on AstraZeneca’s drug. According to the researchers, with government support, several dozen prototypes of the robot could be produced, helping to increase vaccination rates in Thailand and thus solve a problem in which the country is lagging far behind: only 9% of the country’s population is currently vaccinated.
The cost of the robot to increase the volume of coronavirus vaccines is estimated at $80,000.
“The extra 20 percent we’re getting means that if we have AstraZeneca for a million people, this machine can increase the number of doses. There will already be 1 million 200,000 citizens receiving the vaccine,” the research center’s lead researcher, Yutamas Ratanaraporn, was quoted as saying .
He also noted that the new development will greatly facilitate the work of medical personnel.
Earlier, on August 25, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus said that the next three months are critical for developing measures to prepare for and respond to future pandemics. He recalled that the UN General Assembly will begin in September, as well as the Group of Twenty (G20) summit in October and the WHO special session one month later, in November.