The Minister of Higher Education and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, congratulates Biovac for having been appointed to manufacture the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for distribution within the African Union, making it the first company in Africa to produce mRNA based vaccine
The Biovac is set to immediately commence technical transfer activities, which includes on-site development and installation activities
The Minister say that the Department of Science and Innovation chose a vaccine manufacturing strategy that will first build capacity to fill and then move towards actually manufacturing the active pharmaceutical ingredients and therefore develop from scratch, our very own vaccine.
“I am pleased that in this journey,it is not the first time that Pfizer has shown confidence in our vision and commitment. We just concluded another Tech transfer for Pevnar 13 vaccine with Pfizer. Also our pre-clinical Drugs Development platform at the University of Noth West (UNW) has also benefitted from donation knockout mice a few years back. It is therefore safe to say that the relationship with Pfizer goes a long way” emphasised Minister Nzimande.
Furthermore, the Minister say that he is pleased that this will also add the much needed boost to our recently hosting of the mRNA tech transfer hub