By Dylan Bush, Adèle Sulcas, Linda Pretorius, Aisha Abdool Karim

One of the scientific breakthroughs that came with the COVID-19 pandemic was the introduction of new vaccine technology, like those used in the Pfizer jabs. A new vaccine plant in Cape Town will now make similar vaccines on local soil, but making these specialised shots often requires some hands-on help.

  • There’s a new vaccine plant in Cape Town, funded by billionnaire Patrick Soon-Shiong. By 2025, the facility plans to make a billion doses of COVID vaccine each year.
  • Soon-Shiong will donate R3-billion to South Africa to fund the ‘tech transfer’ that will be necessary to make new technology such as mRNA on local soil. 
  • Think of technology transfer like you’re assembling furniture. It includes all the tools, pieces and instructions you’ll need to get the job done.

This story was produced by the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism. Sign up for the newsletter.