The continent’s first vaccine factory was launched in South Africa

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THE South Africa, spearhead in the battle for equal access to vaccines against it covid-19, inaugurated on Wednesday (19/1) at Cape Town the first factory on the African continent to manufacture vaccines from start to finish and funded by biotechnology billionaire Patrick Sun-Xiong.

The goal is to produce a “second generation vaccine and we want to make it in Africa for Africa “and export it to the whole world,” said the Chinese American businessman, born in South Africa.

This year the plant will produce the first doses of vaccines and by 2025 one billion doses a year are expected to be produced there.

The creation of second generation vaccines aims to correct the losses in the effectiveness of the first vaccines, but also to deal with new strains of the coronavirus.

“Today we are proving that we have begun to become autonomous as a continent and we should be proud of what we achieve,” he said. South African President Cyril Ramafoza.

Officially the South Africa is the country of the continent that has been hit hardest by the pandemic covid-19, having recorded more than 3.56 million cases and 93,500 deaths. In total in Africa More than 10 million cases have been reported so far, according to African Union.

The number of new infections increased sharply after the new variant was identified Omicron executives of coronavirus in South Africa in late November.

On the other hand a small percentage of the continent’s 1.2 billion inhabitants have been immunized against covid-19 due to the supply difficulties of the countries and the reluctance of part of the population.

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