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Moderna Blocks Production of More Vaccine

Dec 6, 2021

In South Africa, a biotech company is trying to produce a Covid vaccine for use in Africa, where just 6% of the population has been able to get the vaccine. Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines is using publicly available information and help from outside advisers to duplicate the Moderna vaccine and then share it with other regions who have little access to any vaccine.

But they are doing this research without having the exact vaccine formula and technical knowledge because Moderna refuses to share it with them. With that information, Afrigen Biologics would be able to produce their own vaccine in about one year. Without Moderna sharing the information, it is estimated it will take them 3 years.

In the meantime, Moderna is planning to build its own vaccine plant in Africa to make sure all the profits from the vaccine go into its own pockets. And while waiting for this plant to be built, how many people will die from Covid?