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.