Africa is Getting its First Full-Service Vaccine Facility
Senegal will be home to Africa’s first full-service vaccine manufacturing plant, after the Institut Pasteur de Dakar and the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced the conclusion of a $80 million financing agreement to respond to diseases in the continent.
The new facility, dubbed Madiba (Manufacturing in Africa for Disease Immunisation and Building Autonomy) will be built in Diamniadio, a town and special economic zone strategically located 37 kilometers from Senegal’s capital Dakar. It will be Africa’s first high-volume vaccine production site, and speaks to a need that’s become clear as the continent struggles to vaccinate its population against covid.
Photo courtesy of Daniel Schludi.