EGYPT and China have announced plans to sign a cooperation agreement on the production of a Covid-19 vaccine that would guarantee that the Arab giant will become the African manufacturing hub of any cure developed by the Chinese.
Across the industrialised world, there is a frantic race on to produce a coronavirus vaccine, with countries like the US, China, Japan, Germany, the UK, France and Russia and planning to unveil a cure next year at the latest. Coming up with a marketing plan for its drug when it is available, China has decided to enter into partnership with the Egyptians that will involve a manufacturing plant built in Egypt to supply the African market.
Hala Zayed, Egypt’s health minister announced the plans during a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Cairo Liao Liqiang. Khaled Mugahed, a spokesman for Egypt’s health ministry, added that the country would become the African hub to manufacture the Chinese vaccine once it is developed by Beijing.
Mr Mugahed said: “The Egyptian and Chinese sides are expected to sign in September a cooperation agreement on the production of anti-coronavirus vaccines.” In early July, Egypt’s minister of higher education and scientific research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, stated that local scientists conducted pre-clinical studies of at least four Covid-19 vaccine.