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From the outside, the building in an industrial district of Cape Town looks like any other nondescript warehouse. In fact, it is a beacon of hope for the biotech industry and vaccine productionof the entire African continent. Inside, preparations are ongoing for future mRNA vaccine production. The Covax initiative for the development of COVID-19 vaccines called on manufacturers to apply for the establishment of an mRNA hub for low- and middle-income countries — and Afrigen Biologics prevailed against about 60 competitors. The European Union, the World Health Organization and several countries are funding the project. “That’s one of the positive […]

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South Africa has always had an excellent medical capability, witness the first heart transplant and other surgical firsts. So it is very good to see a nascent vaccine research, development and production project is well under way. So what about Thailand, the hub of hubs and home of many self-styled vaccine experts? Well it does have a tiny bottling plant and a couple of far off vaccines under development but the government seems strangely indifferent to ensuring that this country breaks away from vaccine colonising by the likes of the US & the UK. Maybe the brown envelopes from established pharma conglomerates are more attractive!

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