EU Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides will visit a vaccine production plant and an mRNA technology hub whilst in South Africa. She will be in the country from Thursday to Saturday, where she will discuss cooperation with the EU on a number of key priority files in the area of health and food safety.
During her visit, Kyriakides will hold bilateral meetings with several members of the South African government, including Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, Deputy Minister of Health, Thoko Didiza, Minister of Agriculture, Land reform and Rural Development and Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition.
The Commissioner will also participate in the extended session of the 15th South Africa - EU Ministerial Political Dialogue to discuss bilateral and international cooperation in the area of health, together with HRVP Josep Borrell, Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen and Commissioner Mairead McGuinness.
Commissioner Kyriakides will visit the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, as well as the Biovac vaccine production plant and the mRNA technology transfer Hub created by the World Health Organisation in the context of Team Europe's efforts to support vaccine development and manufacturing in Africa.