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First COVID-19 mRNA vaccine produced in Africa is in the works

POSTED June 29, 2021

First COVID-19 mRNA vaccine produced in Africa is in the works

The WHO, and its Covax partners, is working with Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines to create a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine transfer hub

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Africa’s first mRNA COVID-19 vaccine will be produced in nine to 12 months through the South African biotech company, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, reports Reuters. The World Health Organization (WHO), and its COVAX partners, are working with Afrigen to build a transfer hub in South Africa to give equitable access of the vaccine to low- and middle-income countries.

“Afrigen’s facility will be capable of producing a maximum 10,000 vials a day of COVID-19 vaccines, and it has partnered with local manufacturer Biovac, which can produce 30- to 50-million doses a year to distribute across Africa,” Reuters noted, Petro Terblanche, Afrigen’s managing director, as saying.

And, other countries are already interested in providing technology for mRNA vaccines and/or to host a technology hub, reports WHO.

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