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East Africa looks to emulate EU drugs agency

A delegation from the East African Community has visited the European Medicines Agency in London to scope out options for launching an equivalent body in Africa.

The delegation included the heads of the national health agencies from the EAC’s six partner states: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. They were joined by representatives from the UN’s World Health Organization and the World Bank Group, a coalition of five international lenders to developing countries.

The goal of the visit, which took place on 18 and 19 May, was “to gather information and experience to support the potential creation of a networking medicines agency for the EAC”, according to a statement published by the European Union’s drugs regulator.

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