J&J will allow SA to produce vaccine under licence
Pres Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Johnson & Johnson has agreed to adapt the current arrangement, allowing SA to produce the vaccine under licence rather than under contract, “resulting in our country and the continent having control over the vaccines” – Fin24 (12 July 2021). Currently, Aspen’s factory in Gqeberha only handles the final stage of the vaccination, or the so-called “fill-finish process”. It imports the coronavirus vaccine in frozen format from Johnson & Johnson.
When asked for details about when its local factory could start to produce the J&J vaccine under licence, a representative from Aspen said the company had no further information to share at this time.