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Sport Pfizer / Biontech will produce 100 million doses per year in South Africa

05:20  22 july  2021
05:20  22 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Pfizer/BioNTech a trouvé un accord avec Biovac pour produire 100 millions de doses de son vaccin chaque année dans une usine du Cap en Afrique du Sud. © Reuters - Dado RUVIC Pfizer / Biontech has found an agreement with BioVac to produce 100 million doses of its vaccine each year in a Cape Town factory in South Africa.

After Johnson & Johnson allied to Aspen, it is the turn of Pfizer / Biontech to associate with a South African company to produce their anti-Covid vaccine. The Manufacturer signed an agreement with the BioVac Institute, a semi-state company installed in Cape Town. This will be the first time that a messenger RNA vaccine is produced in Africa. Objective: 100 million doses per year by 2023. Production could begin next year. Pfizer says he wants to reserve these vaccines for the African continent.

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Vaccines produced in Africa exclusive of Africans. It's all the originality of the Pfizer offer. For the continent, the advantage is to reduce its dependence to foreign countries. It is remembered that in March, the Serum Institute of India had suspended the export of the AstraZeneca vaccine. India, struck by a devastating epidemic wave, then wanted to focus on its national demand. However, the African continent, via the Covax device, had made this laboratory one of its main suppliers.

This kind of disappointment should be avoided with a production reserved for Africans. On the other hand, the continent will still have to rely on the outside. It is an agreement of "Fill and Finish" which binds companies, reports our correspondent to Johannesburg, Romain song . The ingredients will be imported from Europe and assembled in South Africa. The two laboratories thus keep hand on the elaboration of the messenger RNA, since the serum will be transported from their European factories. It will therefore be set in vials and distributed exclusively within the 55 African Union member countries. A great and good news for the African Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

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The agreement is far from the ambitions of President Cyril Ramaphosa who battle in front of the World Trade Organization to force the Manufacturers to share The recipe of their vaccines. While several emerging countries and NGOs plead for the suspension of patents to allow massive production of vaccines, large laboratories are reluctant to transmit their know-how. "Weaken intellectual property will only discourage innovation," says Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO.

Despite this disagreement, President Ramaphosa described this partnership for "major progress to overcome immunization inequality".

The first step in the process will be the transfer - from now on - technologies to South Africa and the installation of equipment adapted to the premises of BioVac. According to the schedule announced: At the end of this year, the site of the city of CAP must be able to distribute Pfizer / Biontech vaccines to the different countries of the continent.

The next step will be the conditioning party, that is to say the vial of the serum delivered by the two laboratories which must be able to start next year and in the long term, exit South African factories from BioVac the 100 million annual doses advertised and intended only for African countries.

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