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Billionaire Soon-Shiong Launches 1 Billion-Dose Vaccine Plant in Cape Town

  • Cape Town Plant aims to produce 1 billion Covid doses annually
  • Biotech billionaire pledged initial 3 billion rand to project
Cyril Ramaphosa, left,  and Patrick Soon-Shiong during the launch of NantSA vaccine manufacturing campus in Cape Town, on Jan. 19.

Cyril Ramaphosa, left,  and Patrick Soon-Shiong during the launch of NantSA vaccine manufacturing campus in Cape Town, on Jan. 19.

Photographer: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

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U.S. biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong launched a plant that will produce a billion Covid-19 vaccine doses a year in Cape Town by 2025, which would make it the biggest such factory in Africa and could help the least vaccinated continent tackle the pandemic.