South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has opened a new manufacturing plant which will be the first in Africa to produce Covid-19 vaccines from start to finish.
The Nant-SA facility in Cape Town was an initiative by the US-based, South African-born biotech billionaire Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong.
It aims to start producing the vaccines within a year and to make a billion doses annually by 2025.
South Africa has two other facilities which produce vaccines from semi-finished batches.
At the opening Mr Ramaphosa said Africa should no longer be the last in line to access vaccines and would in future not have to beg for vaccines.