In September 2010 during the International Vaccine Technology Workshop (IVTW) in India, a group of interested Africans launched the Africa Vaccine Manufacturers Initiative (AVMI).

Looking beyond the provision of vaccines in emergency situations the AVMI intends to coordinate efforts of African vaccine manufacturers and other interested parties, who have a vision to see Africa produce its own vaccines and biologicals for both routine and emergency situations.

Working with governments, regional bodies, NGO’s, the private sector, academic institutions, and relevant key opinion leaders AVMI aims to partner in creating an environment on the African continent, which is conducive to the emergence, development and sustainability of vaccine and biological manufacturers that meet global quality standards.