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The role of science and technology in health sovereignty

The pandemic has shown that strengthening health systems in Latin America and the Caribbean is not only a health and social challenge, but also a productive and technological one. Faced with this situation, the countries of the region have made significant efforts to expand and adapt their capacities to the needs arising from the pandemic, especially in terms of research, development and production of vaccines, medicines and other medical supplies. Thus, a sector that had been relegated to the background in terms of its productive potential has emerged as key not only to responding to the current situation, but also to catalysing the economy and society. New companies, products and services are being created and more added value and quality employment is being created, which ultimately translates into a better quality of life for people. The panel will analyse recent initiatives in the region, examining in more detail those that have contributed to strengthening the health industry. It will also review the main productive and technological limitations and potentialities, as well as future prospects for progress towards health sovereignty in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Session |
Tue, 14/12/2021 - 11:00 to 12:30

Moderator: Nicolo Gligo, Economic Affairs Officer of ECLAC
Introductory remarks: Ricardo Palacios, international expert in clinical and pharmaceutical research

  • Ennio Vivaldi Véjar, Rector of the University of Chile
  • Genaro Rodriguez, Vice-Minister of Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic
  • Arturo Reyes Sandoval, Director-General of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico
  • Rolando Pérez Rodríguez, Director of Science and Innovation of the Higher Organization of Business Management (OSDE) BioCubaFarma of Cuba
  • Clara Ocampo, Director of Knowledge Generation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia
  • Graciela Ciccia, Director of Innovation and Technological Development of Grupo Insud of Argentina
  • Marco Aurélio Krieger, Vice-President of Production and Innovation in Health of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) of Brazil

Discussion and statements by the countries