Algeria has commenced the production of Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac, with a target of up to about eight million doses monthly.
Prime Minister Aimene Benabderrahmane, while attended the launch of the production process at a factory in the eastern city of Constantine, called the effort a “big achievement”.
Algeria’s minister for the pharmaceutical industry, Lotfi Djamel Benbahmed says Algeria aims to achieve other projects of this kind and production could be doubled if needed.
He further stated that the country plans to export the vaccines as the firm making the jabs was so far the only African company to be licensed to produce the jab.
Following a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases in past months, Algeria has seen a drop in recent weeks.
Algeria had earlier this month announced a campaign to vaccinate about 70 percent of its 44 million population by the end of the year.