Algeria has now started manufacturing its own Covid-19 vaccines as it announces plans to produce 8 million doses every month.
Production began on Wednesday, according to Prime Minister Aimene Benabderrahmane.
The Covid-19 vaccine made in Algeria was developed by Chinese Sinovac company.
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Algerian officials said the development was a huge success after starting the production process at a factory in the eastern city of Constantine.
“Algeria is looking to pursue other projects of this type,” said Benabderrahmane, and officials said production in the North African nation could be doubled if necessary.
If production goes well, Algerian officials intend to export the vaccines abroad, said Lotfi Djamel Benbahmed, Algeria’s minister for the pharmaceutical industry.
Algeria plans to vaccinate around 70 percent of its 44 million inhabitants by the end of the year.
The production of vaccines will go a long way towards achieving this goal set by officials.
Africa is struggling to vaccinate its population because of the lack of vaccines. This has had an impact on the continent’s fight against the pandemic.
Algeria’s move could inspire others on the continent, including Egypt, which also announced its intention to manufacture its own vaccines to fight the pandemic.