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A new era for vaccines in Africa?

Pharma major BioNTech plans to start construction on its first start-to-finish vaccine plant in Africa in the middle of next year, Bloomberg reports (www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-26/biontech-to-start-building-vaccine-plant-in-africa-next-year). The German company said it is developing the plans with the governments of Rwanda and Senegal, and initially, the factory will have an annual capacity of 50 million messenger RNA vaccine …

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Will political posturing give way to calm investigation when WHO investigates future pandemics?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a new team to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) will also be tasked with studying the origins of future outbreaks and epidemics and guiding studies of emerging pathogens more generally, according to a report in …

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Pandemic preparedness: better late than never

Billion-dollar plan  Almost as if to make up for the lost Trump year during the pandemic, the White House has put together an ambitious new plan with a $65.3 billion price tag that could transform the way the United States responds to pandemics by vastly accelerating vaccine development, testing, and production. But is the plan big enough?  Announced on 03 September, the scheme hopes to launch with …

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