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Prof. Neelika Malavige selected as a member of WHO technical advisory committee

NeelikaMalavige, a professor at Sri Lanka’s Sri Jayewardenepura University has been appointed as a member of the World Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Committee on Covid 19.

Malavige is the Head of department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

The allergy immunology and cell biology unit of the Immunology and Molecular Medicine Department has been researching oantibody formation after vaccination as well as Gene- sequencing testing to identify variants of the Covid 19 virus in Sri Lanka.

Malavige was also appointed a member of the technical committee of the Covid 19 task force in Sri Lanka, but later resigned due to personal reasons.

WHO established a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to advise on scientific, technical and strategic matters related to the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP).

The advisory group is composed of 10 experts with a diverse range of knowledge and expertise as clinicians and researchers working on COVID-19 health products; experts in access to medicines, diagnostics, vaccines and other health products; specialists of public health-oriented intellectual property; technology transfer experts; business development experts; experts in pricing, procurement, needs estimation and/or regulation of medicines.

Malavige completed her doctoral studies at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Infectious Diseases since 2020.

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