New US COVID-19 vaccine eyes Botswana licensing

Big plans: Dr Soon-Shiong hopes the Botswana vaccine plant will be up and running by 2026 PIC: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Big plans: Dr Soon-Shiong hopes the Botswana vaccine plant will be up and running by 2026 PIC: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

A new COVID-19 vaccine technology that will be made available without patent restrictions, could soon apply for licensing in Botswana, helping the country kickstart production of its own lifesaving drugs.

Dubbed “the world’s COVID-19 vaccine” the new vaccine technology was developed by researchers at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine led by Drs Maria Elena Bottazzi and Peter Hotez.

The new vaccine uses traditional recombinant protein-based technology that will enable its production at large scale. At present, the most popular vaccines in the world and in Botswana use the mRNA technology and include those from Pfizer and Moderna.

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Tighten the law on drug dealers

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