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  1. Billionaire's Covid vaccine plant opens in South Africa

    Vumani Mkhize

    BBC News, Cape Town

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and founder of NantWorks Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong (R) chat during the inauguration of the NantSA Vaccine Production Facility in Cape Town, South Africa, 19 January 2022
    Image caption: The president (L) and biotech billionaire (R) together during the inauguration ceremony

    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 African President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and founder of NantWorks Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong (R) cut a ribbon using giant scissors  during the inauguration of the Nant-SA Vaccine Production Facility in Cape Town, South Africa, 19 January 2022

    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.

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