SA Targets 100m Annual Vaccinations After Striking A Deal With Pfizer And BioNtech
Pfizer and BioNTech have struck a deal with South African company Biovac for the production of COVID-19 vaccines for the African Union. The deal will see the Cape Town-based company produce up to 100 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines a year for distribution across Africa.
Seems like progress is being made as far as acquiring vaccines for Africa as Pfizer and BioNTech will now be working with Cape Town-based company, Biovac for the production of COVID-19 vaccines for the African Union (AU). Biovac will then produce up to 100 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines a year for distribution across Africa.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, the two companies said Biovac will complete the last step in the manufacturing process, known as “fill and finish”, of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine.
The ingredients to produce the jabs will be supplied to Biovac by BioNTech’s facilities based in Germany, while the manufacturing of finished doses will start in 2022. Pfizer added that the deal with Biovac meant it's global vaccine supply chain and manufacturing network would span over three continents and include more than 20 manufacturing facilities.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the announcement and says that the collaboration between South Africa’s Biovac Institute and the global pharmaceutical producer Pfizer is a "breakthrough in the protection of African nations against COVID-19".
Today’s agreement will contribute significantly to health security and sustainability on our continent, which currently has the least access to vaccination in the world.
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