Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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26 Jan 2021
1:01 pm

State vaccine producer wants to produce Covid-19 jabs locally

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Biovac is preparing to roll out the 1.5 million vaccines heading to SA from India, but says they are also in discussions to start producing the vaccine on home soil.

South African pharmaceutical company Biovac is in talks with multinational drug companies, in a bid to manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine on home soil. This emerged as the company prepares itself for the mammoth task of handling the first arrival of vaccine doses produced in India. South Africa is expecting the arrival of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines, which concerned parties say are already late. Though the infection rate has showed signs of slowing in South Africa this week, the vaccines will arrive to a population minus thousands who lost their lives to the deadly disease, including frontline healthcare workers,...