Moderna to produce 500 million doses of vaccines with new facility in Africa

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 24, 2020 a person unpacks a special refrigerated box of Moderna Covid-19 at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) in Boston, Massachusetts on December 24, 2020. – An American pharmacist who allegedly destroyed hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses last month was an “admitted conspiracy theorist” and believed in a baseless rumour about their safety, authorities have said. Steven Brandenburg removed 57 vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, each containing around 10 doses, from refrigerators at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wisconsin, in an attempt to destroy them because he believed — wrongly — that they were dangerous and could alter human DNA. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

American pharmaceutical company, Moderna, has announced its plan to build a state-of-the-art mRNA facility in Africa.

The biotechnology company said in a statement on Thursday, October 7, 2021, that the facility will produce up to 500 million doses of vaccines each year at the 50 µg dose level.

A $500 million investment in the facility is expected to include drug substance manufacturing, as well as the opportunity for fill/finish, and packaging capabilities.

Moderna CEO, Stephane Bancel, said the company expects to manufacture its COVID-19 vaccine and additional products with its mRNA vaccine portfolio at the facility.

“We are determined to extend Moderna’s societal impact through the investment in a state-of-the-art mRNA manufacturing facility in Africa,” he said.

Moderna is yet to decide on which country to site the facility and will commence a selection process soon.

The company has also not revealed a time frame for when the facility will be set up and become fully operational.

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