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S.Africa’s Aspen aiming for 1.3 billion dose/year COVID-19 vaccine capacity by 2024

GQEBERHA, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare is aiming to ramp up its COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity to 1.3 billion doses a year by February 2024, up from annual output of around 250 million doses now, the company’s CEO told Reuters.

Aspen is doing the final stages of manufacturing for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine in a so-called “fill and finish” deal, but CEO Stephen Saad said in an interview that the companies were close to announcing a broader deal for Aspen to produce Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 shot under licence.

(Reporting by Promit Mukherjee; Writing by Alexander Winning; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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