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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) are lobbying the U.S. government to force Pfizer and Moderna to share their Covid-19 mRNA technology with developing country vaccine manufacturers, the organizations said last week.

In an open letter, the activist groups quoted a December report by researchers from MSF and AccessIBSA that identified 100 manufacturers across Africa, Asia and Latin America with the “technical requirements and quality standards to manufacture…

Nigeria’s May & Baker is set to expand in West Africa by partnering with companies in Ghana and Senegal, local media said Monday.

CEO Patrick Ajahn was quoted at a media event as saying that his company has decided to “pick a few companies that we can partner with so that issues of registration do not arise.”

May & Baker is recertifying GMP at its Ogun State Pharmacentre as part of its expansion, Ajahn added.

Company revenue reportedly grew from $15.5 million…

The African Union and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention convened regional and international stakeholders in Rwanda last week to discuss progress on boosting vaccine manufacturing on the continent.

A joint communiqué underscored successes to date, saying the Partnership for Africa Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM) had struck deals between multinational and local companies and established WHO training and manufacturing “hubs.” However, the session also recognized stiff…

Merck KGaA’s MilliporeSigma subsidiary will help Saudi Arabia-based SaudiVax design and launch a new biologics and vaccine manufacturing facility serving the Middle East and North Africa, MilliporeSigma announced Wednesday.

The collaboration aims to “localize” the production of “high-quality, Halal, and affordable vaccines and biotherapeutics” in Saudi Arabia, according to MilliporeSigma’s press release.

Fueled by its fill-finish contract for J&J’s Covid-19 vaccine, South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare last week opened a general anesthetics manufacturing line at its Gqeberha facility. Part of a $222 million expansion, the line is the southern hemisphere’s largest for general anesthetics, according to Bloomberg.

Aspen noted on social media that South Africa to date has “imported the general anaesthetics needed in our healthcare system.” CEO Stephen Saad told reporters that the facility…

BioNTech on Tuesday touted plans to start construction of an mRNA vaccine manufacturing plant in Africa in mid-2022, part of an agreement with Institut Pasteur de Dakar, Rwanda Biomedical Centre and other collaborators to establish “end-to-end manufacturing capacities for mRNA-based vaccines in Africa,” according to a BioNTech press release.

The agreement was formalized in a memorandum of understanding, the company said.

The German company would initially “staff, own and operate…

Nigeria has launched the first edition of a national vaccine policy, local media reported last week. The framework aims to encourage local production and “ensure self-sufficiency in vaccines availability,” according to a foreword by Minister of Health Osagie E. Ehanire.

At a launch event, Ehanire told reporters that the policy should encourage Biovaccines Nigeria Limited—a joint venture between the government and Ikeja-based May & Baker Nigeria—and “other international key players…

Following up on its previously announced ambitions to make mRNA vaccines in Africa, Germany’s BioNTech issued a joint communiqué last week with Institut Pasteur de Dakar and Rwanda Biomedical Centre outlining a potential—albeit “pre-contractual”—agreement.

If the deal gets formalized, BioNTech will pursue “end-to-end” manufacturing of mRNA-based malaria and tuberculosis vaccines (pending regulatory approval) in Rwanda and Senegal for supply to African Union member states, while “…

Germany’s BioNTech announced Monday that it is “evaluating sustainable mRNA vaccine production capacities in Africa” for a candidate malaria shot and other vaccines.

The company said in a press release it would select promising candidates for clinical development from “multiple vaccines featuring known [m]alaria targets” (such as the circumsporozoite protein) while also evaluating new antigens. First trials are planned for year-end 2022.

In the same press release, BioNTech said…

Swedish CDMO Recipharm announced Tuesday that it will build a fill-finish facility in Morocco to supply vaccines and biotherapeutics in Africa by 2023. According to the press release, the Moroccan government and local banks will invest around $500 million to support the project.

FiercePharma reported that the facility will have an annual capacity of about 300 million units.

In other Recipharm news, Moderna announced last week that its Monts, France site has begun drug product…